Police officer banned for life after having sex with 2 women on duty

Policeman who had sex with two women while on duty including a colleague who was off sick is banned for life from working for any force

  • PC Alan Russell drove to female colleague’s house when she was off sick in 2017
  • Two months later he sent ‘flirtatious’ texts to a female suspect in an investigation
  • The pair had sex when he was on a night shift in Thames Valley in May 2018 
  • Abindgdon-based officer has been banned for life after misconduct hearing  

A police officer who had sex with two women while on duty has been banned from ever doing the job again.

PC Alan Russell, formerly of Thames Valley Police, had sex with a female colleague and a ‘vulnerable’ suspect in an investigation he was in charge of, a misconduct hearing was told.

Mr Russell drove his police car to his colleague’s house when she was off sick in August 2017 and the pair had sex.

Two months later he met a woman issued with a restorative justice order who was a suspect in a criminal investigation.

After being appointed the lead officer in the case he sent her ‘flirtatious’ texts from both his work phone and his personal handset between October 2017 and May 2018, the panel heard.

On May 10 last year he drove to where she lived in his police car while on a night shift and engaged in ‘consensual sexual conduct’ with her.

PC Alan Russell, formerly of Thames Valley Police, had sex with a female colleague and a suspect in an investigation he was in charge of, a misconduct hearing was told

Mr Russell resigned the day before the misconduct hearing at Thames Valley Police’s HQ in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

The panel said the Abingdon-based officer had not shown remorse and would have been sacked if he had left the force.

They were also told Mr Russell has identified the criminal suspect as ‘vulnerable’ suspect after her relationship broke down and targeted her.   

The woman, identified only as Miss B, said she was ‘happy’ with the result after the hearing.  

It said that Mr Russell had ‘abused his position while on duty for his own sexual gain’ and that his behaviour had been ‘consistent, planned and discreditable, and he failed to comply with lawful orders’. 


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A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: ‘On August 3, 2017, PC Russell had a sexual relationship with another officer while PC Russell was on duty. 

‘He used a work-issued mobile phone to remain in contact with her throughout August,’ said the spokesman.

‘In February 2018, PC Russell also initiated contact with a female suspect in a criminal investigation for which he was the investigating officer.

‘He continued contact with her using a police issue mobile phone and then his personal phone. 

‘During May 2018, PC Russell attended the woman’s home while on duty and this then developed into a physical relationship.

‘In August 2018, PC Russell failed to attend a meeting with a Superintendent and a misconduct interview, despite being issued with lawful orders to do so.

‘The hearing was held at Thames Valley Police’s headquarters in front of a panel including Legally Qualified Chairman, Nicola Talbot-Hadley.

The panel concluded PC Russell’s actions amounted to gross misconduct and were in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Orders and Instructions and Discreditable Conduct.’

Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, John Campbell, said: ‘PC Russell’s actions were in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour and fell far below what is expected of a Thames Valley Police officer.

‘His conduct was discreditable, and he failed to comply with lawful orders. Because of this, he has been dismissed from the force without notice.’

The spokesman added: ‘Former PC Russell will be placed on College of Policing’s barred list, which will prevent him from seeking employment with another police force, for life.’

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