Strathclyde Joint Police Board v Cusick - Civilian worker for police force should not have withheld information on sex offender [2011] EAT

Tribunal erred in failing to appreciate that civilian employee of Police Board owed employment duties of trust and confidence to the police force, since under relevant legislation he was employed solely to assist that police force. 

Mr Cusick was employed as a police training officer. He had previously served as a police officer with Strathclyde Police Force for over 30 years. When it was discovered that he had withheld information about the whereabouts of a known sex-offender for whom a warrant of arrest had been issued (and who just happened to be Mr Cusick's brother) Strathclyde Joint Police Board (SJPB) dismissed him. SJPB concluded his behaviour was a breach of standard operating procedures, amounting to gross misconduct that undermined any trust it could have in Mr Cusick as its employee - he had let his personal concerns interfere with his professional duty.

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