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UPDATE: Ex-police officer from Stamford jailed after 'numerous examples of inappropriate behaviour' and 'allegations of sexual misconduct'

Jason Farquhar
Jason Farquhar

A former Northamptonshire police officer from Stamford has been jailed for 32 months today (September 11).

Jason Farquhar, 44, and of Stamford, pleaded guilty to six counts of misconduct in a public office at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (September 10).

Mr Farquhar also pleaded guilty to a further charge of misusing force systems under the Computer Misuse Act.

Deputy Chief Constable, Rachel Swann, said: "Our Counter-Corruption Unit carried out a rigorous and thorough two-year inquiry to investigate and establish fully the extent of this officer's wrong-doing in order to dismiss him from the force and ultimately bring criminal charges against him.

"I am hugely disappointed by the actions of this former officer, whose behaviour presented a major risk to public confidence in the police.

"We are absolutely determined to root out those officers and staff who abuse their position and choose to engage in highly unprofessional, predatory conduct that in no way meets the standards of professional behaviour expected from a serving officer."

The investigation into Farquhar began in April 2016 following a complaint of inappropriate behaviour.

More than 100 woman - victims, colleagues, family of suspects or offenders - who Farquhar had some form of contact with in the previous 12 months in his role as a police officer, were spoken to by detectives as part of the investigation.

They found numerous examples of inappropriate contact by phone, text or social media, and subsequent allegations of sexual misconduct were found.

DCC Swann added: "It's worth noting we had sufficient complaints and evidence which, although it did not meet the threshold for criminal charges, enabled us to complete misconduct proceedings on the basis of that evidence alone.

"The vast majority of police officers are professional, hard-working and conscientious individuals who will be shocked and appalled at such behaviour by one of their colleagues. There is no place in the police service for anyone who abuses in such a way the trust placed in them as a constable.

"Farquhar deliberately and consciously crossed the boundary between his role as a police officer and his personal life, repeatedly breaching the standards of professional behaviour by failing to act with self-control and pursuing improper personal relationships.

"He took advantage of his position to engage in highly inappropriate contact with women, many of whom were in a vulnerable situation.

"They needed the professionalism expected of a police officer not the selfish advances of a sexual predator.

"This, the worst ever such case uncovered within this force, was an absolute abuse of his position and we hope this conviction and his dismissal from the police service goes some way to reassure the public of our determination to identify and deal with unprofessional conduct and, where necessary, pursue the case through the criminal justice system."

Farquhar was suspended from duty in April 2016 and dismissed from the force in August 2017 following a fast-track gross misconduct disciplinary hearing.

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