Oxfordshire Civil Police worker jailed for entering into relationship with offender
A civilian police employee who started a relationship with a convict she was supervising was jailed. Rachel Beale, from Oxfordshire, was working for Wiltshire Police’s Sex or Violent Offender Management Unit when she entered the relationship.
The 53-year-old engaged in an intimate relationship with the man between February and September 2020. When her offense came to light, she was suspended from the force.
The matter was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) which independently investigated the allegations. An internal Wiltshire Police investigation found Beale would have been sacked had she not already resigned from the force.
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She has also been added to the College of Policing’s Prohibited Persons Register to ensure she cannot work for another police force, nor in a controlled external risk role.
Beale was jailed for six months today after appearing at Bristol Crown Court. At a previous hearing, she had pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills of Wiltshire Police, said: ‘It goes without saying that we expect the highest standards of conduct from all our officers, staff and volunteers, which is even more important when an employee is directly involved in the supervision of offenders within our community.
“Rachel Beale betrayed the trust of the public, and betrayed the trust of her colleagues, when she flagrantly abused her position to commit this crime. The outcome of this investigation and today’s sentencing show that there is no place in the police for someone who behaves in this way.
“She was immediately suspended from duty when this matter came to our attention and once she pleaded guilty in court we held an internal misconduct hearing which resulted in her dismissal from the Force. . This misconduct result protects the public by ensuring that she is placed on the national banned list and cannot seek other employment in other police forces.
DCC Mills added: ‘I want our communities across Swindon and Wiltshire to have the utmost confidence in their police forces, and, while cases like this highlight the disappointing and unacceptable minority, I hope that the public can see that we are committed to rooting out any type of misconduct and taking appropriate action.
“If any member of the public has concerns about the professionalism of an officer or staff member, we urge them to contact us confidentially so that we can address the concerns raised.”