Married police constable sought out sexual relationships with victims and searched for sex workers
A police constable has been sentenced today (10 July) to 14 months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to five counts of the improper exercise of police powers and privileges. Palvinder Singh, 39, worked out of Smethwick Police Station. He spent a significant amount of his time on duty using his police issued mobile phone to build sexual relationships with four women.
All four of those women were victims of suspected crime, which had been reported to the police and Singh had been assigned to investigate. Singh’s behaviour eventually led to him engaging in sexual activity with two of the four women targeted. During the investigation it was discovered that Singh had also used the police systems to research local sex workers, with the intention of meeting them to engage in sexual activity.
Giovanni D’Alessandro from the CPS said: “As a police officer, Singh had a responsibility to uphold the law and protect victims of crime.
“Instead he took advantage of his position and targeted female victims of suspected crime, who he was assigned to assist, for his own sexual gratification.
“Singh knew very well that his actions were completely improper. He had received regular training on the authorised use of his police mobile device and on the use of the police systems. He would have been fully aware that his behaviour was not permitted. In addition he was fully aware of the duties he had to the victims of suspected crime and the rules against using his position as a police officer for a sexual purpose.
“The public expect the police to act with integrity at all times. In the rare instances where officers fall below the high standards expected of them it is right that they receive sentences which both punish and deter others from exercising their powers improperly.”
Notes to editors
- Giovanni D’Alessandro is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the CPS West Midlands.
- Palvinder Singh (26/10/1979) pleaded guilty to five counts of corrupt or other improper exercise of police powers and privileges. He was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment.