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PC Kye Cole was convicted of harassment without violence in December 2022
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been dismissed for gross misconduct after being convicted of harassment.
PC Kye Cole, based on the West Area Command Unit, appeared on bail at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 13 December where he was convicted of a charge of harassment without violence following a trial.
In addition to the community order, PC Cole was ordered to undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment for three months, carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work, pay £2,500 in compensation to the victim, court costs of £775 and a surcharge of £95.
The court heard PC Cole made a number of phone calls and sent a series of messages to a woman who was known to him between 7 and 27 April 2022.
At an ‘accelerated’ misconduct hearing held at Palestra House on Monday, 27 March, PC Cole was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct and was dismissed without notice.
PC Cole’s actions “fell well below” standards of behaviour for police
The Metropolitan Police did not provide a photo of PC Kye Cole when announcing his dismissal on their website. Other convicted criminals tend to have their mugshots uploaded.
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, in charge of policing in West Area, said:
“Police officers need to demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour, on and off duty, and PC Cole’s actions fell way below this.
“I am extremely disappointed that one of my officers has acted in a way that has caused distress to a woman.”
Former PC Cole will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
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