Gross misconduct proven against former Northamptonshire constable

Published: 08 Feb 2023

A gross misconduct panel ruled today (Wednesday 8 February) that a former Northamptonshire Police officer would have been dismissed if still serving, for having inappropriate communication with two women he met through his duties. The hearing followed an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Ex-Police Constable Jamie Gibb was accused of sending messages of a sexual or flirtatious nature to the women who were in vulnerable situations when he came into contact with them through his work between August and September 2020.

Evidence gathered during the IOPC investigation indicated that after his initial contact with the women he used his personal mobile to contact them, when he had no policing purpose do so, and asked them to download a social media application for further communication. One of the women was asked to send him sexual images of herself.

The IOPC’s ten-month investigation began in December 2020 after a referral from Northamptonshire Police about PC Gibb’s conduct and concluded that he had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

At a disciplinary hearing organised by the force and chaired by the chief constable, the allegations were proven and it was determined that PC Gibb had breached police standards of professional behaviour for authority, respect and courtesy; honesty and integrity; and discreditable conduct.

IOPC Regional Director Derrick Campbell said: “Abuse of position for a sexual purpose is a form of serious corruption. Cases such as these have the real potential to impact on public confidence in the police. This officer’s actions were clearly contrary to both force policy and police guidance on maintaining professional boundaries.

“Following a gross misconduct hearing it has been determined that ex-PC Gibb would have been dismissed if he had not resigned. He will also be added to the police barred list, preventing him from future employment with the service.”

During the IOPC investigation we interviewed the officer and analysed his work and personal mobile phones.

  • Northamptonshire Police