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It is important for public confidence in policing that Cumbria Constabulary is open and accountable about misconduct proceedings involving officers and specials.

The vast majority of officers and specials who work for the Constabulary act with integrity and professionalism at all times. However, where conduct falls below the high standards expected by the Force it is important for public to know they will be dealt with firmly.

With this in mind, Cumbria Constabulary is now publishing the outcomes of misconduct hearings and meetings to the public.

The information will be published every 3 months and includes details of the Police Officer Standards of Professional Behaviour which has been breached, basic details of the breach and the misconduct outcome.


a)    Name of the Officer concerned:·      Police Constable 1885 Phillip COKELL
b)    The date and location of the hearing:·      28th – 29th November 2018 at Cumbria Police Federation Office. 
c)    The Panel heard Police Constable Cokell answer allegations that his conduct, by viewing legal pornographic material whilst on duty as a serving Police Officer and by sending intimate photographs to a member of the public, amounted to a breach or breaches of the Standard of Professional Behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct and Duties and Responsibilities. 
d)    The Panel found that there had been a breach of the Standard of Professional Behaviour concerning Discreditable Conduct in respect of the viewing of pornographic material when on duty.  The outcome was that Police Constable Cokell was given a final written warning.  The Panel also found that further allegations that Police Constable Cokell’s conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour concerning Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct were not proved. 


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Misconduct outcomes October - December 2017