PC Elaine Taylor: GMP officer sacked after she was caught hiding in a cupboard during a search

Police Constable Elaine Taylor was found guilty of gross misconduct.
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A Greater Manchester police officer has been dismissed after a misconduct hearing.

PC Elaine Taylor was found guilty of gross misconduct and dismissed without notice this week, the force said in a statement. She formerly served on Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton Division.

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A GMP spokesman said: “She faced allegations relating to discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity. The matter for which she stood accused related to an incident on 8 January 2020, where PC Taylor had been discovered hiding in a wardrobe at an address that was subject to a search warrant.

“Present at the same location was a wanted person of whom the officer had full knowledge of, but chose to acquiesce and ignore. The matter was found proven at the level of Gross Misconduct.”

Detective Sergeant Tony Dixon, of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, which conducted the investigation, said: “We hold all of our police officers and staff to the highest standard, and unfortunately, PC Taylor fell below those standards.

“We remain committed to addressing any misconduct of any kind, at any rank, and will take swift and robust action to ensure we maintain the confidence of the public we serve.”

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