A Sandwell neighbourhood police officer has today (Wednesday 10 July) been sentenced to 14 months for corruption.
Former PC Palvinder Singh, known as Pal, from the Smethwick neighbourhood team, was arrested in November 2018 after an allegation was made in relation to suspected improper use of his police powers.
As enquiries began, Singh of Burns Road in Wednesbury, was suspended from policing duties and in April this year, was charged with five counts of corrupt and improper exercise of police powers and privileges between May and October 2018.
The 39-year-old was found to be contacting vulnerable victims and witnesses in an attempt to engage in a sexual relationship, something which he successfully managed to do.
He also misused West Midlands Police systems to conduct checks for a non-policing purpose; he was officially dismissed from the force on Wednesday 3 July.
The communications took place while he was on duty, off duty, on annual leave and within a sick leave period last year.
At a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court last month, Singh pleaded guilty to the five offences and was suspended from West Midlands Police.
Chief Inspector Yvonne Bruton from the force’s Professional Standards team, said: “Singh abused his trusted position as a neighbourhood officer for his own sexual gain.
“There is no room in the police force for corrupt behaviour and particularly where this takes advantage of those who are vulnerable and look to the police for help and protection. This is an abuse of trust in the worst form, and there is no place for officers like this in West Midlands Police.”
At Birmingham Crown Court today, Singh was sentenced to a total of 14 months, half of which he will serve on licence. He has also been ordered to pay a victim surcharge.