Police officer jailed for misconduct

File photo dated 02/11/11 of a generic photo of police officers as the police are poised to bring in private companies to investigate crimes and patrol neighbourhoods, it was reported today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday March 3, 2012. Two forces, West Midlands and Surrey, are asking security firms to bid for contracts, worth �1.5bn over seven years, to run some services that are currently carried out by officers, according to the Guardian. See PA story POLITICS Police. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire
File photo dated 02/11/11 of a generic photo of police officers as the police are poised to bring in private companies to investigate crimes and patrol neighbourhoods, it was reported today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday March 3, 2012. Two forces, West Midlands and Surrey, are asking security firms to bid for contracts, worth �1.5bn over seven years, to run some services that are currently carried out by officers, according to the Guardian. See PA story POLITICS Police. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire
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A former Merseyside police officer, who pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office, has been jailed for four years.

An investigation was carried out by Merseyside Police and managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

At a sentencing hearing, the court heard how Michael McMillan made persistent contact with victims of crime, for his own sexual purposes, during his time as a Detective Constable with the Family Crime Investigation Unit.

Appearing before Liverpool Crown Court, McMillan was jailed for seven charges of misconduct in public office.

At a misconduct hearing, held by Merseyside Police in February, the 32-year-old was dismissed from the force with immediate effect.

IPCC Commissioner, Carl Gumsley, said: “A thorough investigation was carried out by Merseyside Police’s Anti-Corruption Unit, managed by the IPCC, into these serious matters.

“This revealed evidence that DC McMillan had repeatedly sought to abuse the trust of victims of crime; bringing discredit on his own force by doing so.

“I would like to thank those who came forward and provided evidence as part of this investigation.

“Misconduct in public office is a serious offence. I hope this case will demonstrate that those who engage in inappropriate and criminal behaviour will be held to account.”