Merseyside Police Officer Dismissed over Misconduct
An officer working for Merseyside Police force has been dismissed, following an internal hearing today in which he pleaded guilty to making numerous sexual advances towards domestic abuse victims.
Mr Michael McMillan, from Crosby, had been an officer for the force since 2003 and at the time of the offences was part of their Family Crime Investigation Unit.
Liverpool Crown Court
The PC had previously entered guilty pleas when faced with five counts of misconduct at Liverpool Crown Court. Mr McMillan pleaded guilty last month to five allegations that he “wilfully misconducted himself by making contact with a member of the public… who he had met in the course of his duty as a Police Constable, for his own sexual purposes”.
However, today the former officer faced an internal disciplinary hearing in which Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy condemned him as the ‘worst kind’ of officer. The Chief Constable said at the hearing:
“I have been chief constable for six years. I have consistently made clear that I will not tolerate bad behaviour in any form and Merseyside Police is a force that is willing to wash its dirty linen in public in order to remove from the force those whose standards are below what the public deserve and expect.
“This officer, Constable Michael McMillan, is an officer of the very worst kind. He has utterly betrayed the trust of the public and, more importantly, the trust of five women who, when at their most vulnerable, he has preyed upon for his own sexual gratification.
“When I read the papers for the purpose of this hearing I felt sick to the stomach and angry that this officer should so easily undermine all of the good work that his colleagues do day in day out to protect the vulnerable and build police trust.
“The evidence is overwhelming. He has pleaded guilty at the crown court to five counts of misconduct in public office and he has repeated those pleas of guilt here in this hearing today.
“There can be no doubt on the basis of the evidence that this officer’s misconduct is gross misconduct of the worst kind. Constable 5334 Michael McMillan is dismissed without notice.”
Today’s hearing was held in order to decide if the offences committed amounted to a ‘breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, and to then decide what Mr McMillan’s punishment should be accordingly.
It has been reported that Mr McMillan did not attend the hearing himself, instead opting for a member of the Police Federation to represent him and enter his guilty plea.
He is due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court next month.
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Source: Liverpool Echo