A Special Case hearing was held on Wednesday, 21 April, presided over by Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball. This was to answer an allegation that former PC Mark Collins’ conduct amounted to a breach of standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct. This conduct was alleged to amount to gross misconduct.
On 27 January 2021 former PC Collins pleaded guilty to six counts of attempting to communicate with a person aged under 16 years, for the purposes of sexual gratification and one count of attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to engage in sexual activity. He is currently awaiting sentence.
Following his arrest on 26 November 2019, he was immediately suspended from duty – he was later charged on the 9 November 2020.
Having considered all of the evidence, AC Ball found the allegation proven and had PC Mark Collins still been a serving officer he would have been dismissed.
PC Collins, who was formerly attached to the South Area Command Unit, resigned from the MPS in February 2021.