Original article from Kent Live
A police officer who works with exploited children has been sacked for gross misconduct after he was abusive and violent towards a former partner.
Pc Amarjit Dhallu, of Kent Police, was caught on a 999 phone call saying “I will smash your f****** face in” to the woman, who was referred to only as Miss A.
Giving evidence at the hearing, Miss A alleged the officer had strangled her and hit her with a belt.
She said: “Amarjit’s fuse is extremely short.”
Claire Fraser, legally qualified chair for the disciplinary hearing, said: “The panel concluded the breach of standards of professional behaviour has been proved to be so serious as to justify dismissal and thus amounts to gross misconduct.
“Public confidence in the service and upholding its collective reputation would not be achieved by any other outcome.”
Matthew Holdcroft, who brought the case on behalf of the police force, said: “This matter is a matter of national significance, there is extensive media concern about domestic violence and police officers.
“There has been physical and psychological harm to Miss A.”
As a result of the panel’s findings, Mr Holdcroft said: “He could not be operationally deployed, he could not be used in front line proceedings, he could not continue in the role he was in working with vulnerable children.
“One can only imagine how a victim of domestic violence would feel if Pc Dhallu was the officer allocated to their claim.”
Adrian Keeling QC, representing Pc Dhallu, said: “This is a very good officer, he has been a police officer for 12 years.
“His character references speak well of him as a human being as well as a police officer, in his professional life he has the capacity to act wholly professionally.”
Barred from employment in policing
A Kent Police spokesman said steps were taken to ensure Miss A was protected from further harm after the abuse was first reported in 2019.
Deputy Chief Constable Tim Smith said: “Kent Police expects all officers and staff to adhere to the highest standards of conduct and Mr Dhallu has fallen short of such expectations.
“It is important that the public can trust in the police to deal with incidents of violence like those outlined in this case.
“For Pc Dhallu to have continued in his role following the allegations made would have brought discredit to the wider service and undermined the confidence that people have in Kent Police.
“It is entirely right that this officer has been held to account and, in addition to his instant dismissal, he will be placed on the list of people barred from employment in policing.
“I hope this reassures the public that Kent Police take a robust stance against perpetrators of violence, regardless of their occupation.”