Police Misconduct Appeal – Ex PC Saheena Tegally

The Chair has determined that this hearing will be held in private.

Tribunal information

Ex PC Saheena Tegally appeal against the outcome following findings made under the Police Conduct Regulation of 2012.

Allegations

Finding made under the 2012 Conduct Regulations:

In relation to an incident in 2013 when ex PC Tegally stopped a vehicle

  1. Ex PC Saheena Tegally failed to complete enquiries and an investigation relating to the driver, and failed to act properly and correctly upon the information she had received from the insurance company and the attempted to conceal that information from colleagues. In this regard the conduct breached the standards of behaviour in respect of Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct and raised the potential for serious discredit to be brought upon the police service.
  2. Ex PC Saheena Tegally established an over-friendly and/or flirtatious and inappropriate contact with the driver which was maintained for a number of days despite the fact that he was a suspect for an offence which was being investigated by her. The contact ceased only when her telephone was seized four days later. In this regard the conduct breached the expected standards of behaviour respect of Discreditable Conduct and raised the potential for serious discredit to be brought upon the police service.

Standards of Professional Behaviour breached:

The panel found that Ex PC Saheena Tegally breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour, in particular those paragraphs relating to:

  • Discreditable Conduct
  • Duties and Responsibilities

These actions were assessed as gross misconduct.

Outcome following misconduct hearing

Dismissal without notice.

Outcome

The appeal was allowed in part:

  1. The finding of a breach of Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct which raised the potential for serious discredit to be brought upon the police service is dismissed and a final written warning is substituted.
  2. The finding of  a breach of  Discreditable Conduct which raised the potential for serious discredit to be brought upon the police service is upheld.

The appellant remains dismissed.