Police bosses in Staffordshire have apologised for not dealing 'more robustly' with the behaviour of an officer in 2010, who went on to send explicit images to a vulnerable woman.
36-year-old response officer PC Jarrett Kinson contacted her and sent her messages over social media between March and July 2018, after meeting her while attending a report of domestic abuse.
Kinson had been jailed for eight months on 4 November at Birmingham Crown Court, after admitting corruption through abuse of his authority of the office of constable.
Today (26 November), he was dismissed by Chief Constable Gareth Morgan with immediate effect for discreditable conduct, following a special case misconduct hearing.
Mr Morgan said: “Jarrett Kinson abused the position of trust afforded to police officers. He is serving a custodial sentence which reflects the seriousness of his criminal behaviour and now he has been dismissed as a police officer. He has brought shame on himself and has damaged the reputation of policing.
"He does not represent the vast majority of my colleagues who will be appalled by his behaviour.
"I pay tribute to the officers who brought his conduct to the attention of the force, which started the investigation. Our job is to protect the vulnerable, not to exploit them.
“Kinson’s conduct fell woefully short of the high standards of integrity and behaviour the public rightly expects from their police service. He was previously given management advice for inappropriate contact with a vulnerable victim in 2010.
"It is apparent that he has continued to exploit his position as a police officer and both the criminal investigation and his dismissal today underlines why such behaviour will not be tolerated. I am sorry that his behaviour in 2010 was not dealt with more robustly.
"His conviction in 2019 demonstrates that Staffordshire Police actively investigates allegations and instigates internal disciplinary procedures where officers abuse their authority for personal gain.”