Police sergeant sacked for sexually harassing six female colleagues

Will Taylor
News Reporter
Bruce Humpston was dismissed without notice (SWNS/West Midlands Police)

A police officer has been sacked for sexually harassing six female colleagues while on duty.

Sergeant Bruce Humpston, 41, who targeted the women while he was with West Midlands Police, was sacked without notice on Monday after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

A hearing ruled that the custody sergeant made sexual comments towards female colleagues and touched some of them inappropriately while they carried out their duties.

After being suspended while an investigation was carried out, Humpston was charged with sexual assault by touching.

He pleaded guilty to one count of battery and received a £450 fine, £45 victim surcharge ad £150 costs.

Humpston was employed by West Midlands Police (Google Maps)

Superintendent Jane Bailey, from the force’s Criminal Justice Services, said: “Humpston’s behaviour was completely unacceptable. His actions caused significant distress to the staff who were subject of his behaviour. 

“He had a duty to create a safe working environment for his staff, but his behaviour made colleagues feel uncomfortable and intimidated.

“We take all reports of this nature extremely seriously and there is no place for officers who sexually harass colleagues and breach our standards of professional behaviour in this manner.

“I hope today’s outcome provides some comfort to his victims and sends a clear message that harassment and inappropriate conduct from our officers will not be tolerated.”