South East Wales

Sex case Gwent Pc Shaun Jenkins' sacking: IPCC inquiry

A police force will be investigated for initially allowing an armed officer to keep his job despite having sex with a woman while on patrol.

Gwent Police at first gave Pc Shaun Jenkins a final warning, prompting the woman's husband to complain.

He was sacked after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ordered Gwent Police to re-investigate.

The IPCC said confidence in the complaints system could be undermined. The force said it could not comment.

The 35-year-old officer, who has won two awards for bravery, can appeal against his dismissal for gross misconduct.

Newspaper reports have said that a disciplinary panel was told he had left a colleague waiting in a patrol car in Caerphilly when he called at the woman's house while her husband was out.

The reports claimed that after driving to her home, Pc Jenkins left his colleague waiting for him to return.

It was claimed that after the husband complained, Pc Jenkins was investigated for gross misconduct and issued with a final warning.

But the husband then complained to the IPCC about the "lenient" treatment of the officer.

Pc Jenkins was dismissed following the second investigation by Gwent Police.

The IPCC has since launched its own investigation in to Gwent Police's handling of the case after the police force voluntarily referred the matter to it.

IPCC commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: "I am concerned at how Gwent Police dealt with a serious complaint, as this could potentially undermine public confidence in the complaints system.

"The case itself has recently been reported extensively in the media and relates to a firearms officer.

"We will publish our findings in due course, which I hope will help allay any public concerns about the way police complaints are dealt with."

Gwent Police said that due to the ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.

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