Police officer dismissed after failing a promotion assessment

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GMP officer dismissed after misconduct assessment <i>(Image: PA)</i>
GMP officer dismissed after misconduct assessment (Image: PA)

A Greater Manchester Police officer has been dismissed for twice providing a candidate with confidential information during a promotion assessment.

A disciplinary hearing at Force Headquarters on March 29 found the actions of Chief Inspector Nicola Demaine, who worked in Corporate Services, amounted to gross misconduct and breached the expected standards of professional behaviour.

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Demaine will also be added to the College of Policing Barred List.

Chief Superintendent Michael Allen, head of GMP's Professional Standards Branch, said: "The integrity of all force promotion systems must hold firm to ensure GMP selects the very best people to lead its workforce at every level.

"Where that integrity is lost and a candidate is exposed to an unfair advantage it risks bringing selection methods into disrepute, countering the accomplishments of our very best people who deserve an incorruptible platform on which they can evidence their suitability to lead in GMP.

"As a then senior leader in GMP, Nicola Demaine’s actions put at risk the integrity of a Chief Inspector promotion board and she failed to demonstrate the very highest standards of professional behaviour that the public and our workforce should rightly expect.

"As a Chief Inspector herself, she carried the privilege of rank and with rank comes responsibility.

"Necessarily, high-ranking officers can expect to suffer a hard fall when their actions are found to amount to gross misconduct and in this case, Nicola Demaine’s actions have resulted in her dismissal from GMP as decided upon by a misconduct hearing panel headed by an independent legally qualified chair."