An Essex Police volunteer has been kicked off the force after they used the national computer database for personal reasons and then lying about it.

Special Sergeant Jaime Parker was found to have committed misconduct after breaching confidentiality rules and misusing police information.

It was alleged that, while on duty, Parker used the Police National Computer to carry out a checks on vehicles "without a valid reason" in April 2019 and again in June 2019.

In February 2020 it was further alleged she gave an account of the event in April 2019 which she knew to be untruthful.

Parker accepted her conduct on all parts on the grounds that she could offer no evidence to support her own account.

The hearing heard she knowingly gave an untruthful account about the use of the Police National Computer, failed to abide by force policies by accessing police information incorrectly and brought discredit upon the police service.

She has been dismissed without notice.

Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: “In Essex, we have one of the largest Special Constabularies in the country, and I’m really proud of the volunteers who give up their time to protect and serve the county.

“Our Specials and officers pride themselves on upholding the highest level of professionalism and are aware they are representing the force while on and off duty.

“Our officers are subject to extensive training on using police database systems and the when such systems should be used and, most importantly, where they should not.

“On this occasion, Special Sergeant Parker fell below these standards.

“We will continue to work hard to address anything which may undermine the trust and confidence our residents place upon us.”

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