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Essex Police detective who took case files home given final warning

An Essex Police detective who misused classified information over a three-year period has been given a final warning by the force.

From January 2016 to January 2019, Det Sgt Grezgorz Jurkiewicz sent case files and documents to his personal email address.

He stored information on his personal electronic devices and was also found to have kept material at his home and in his car.

The data and documents were recovered. The force does not believe there was any further dissemination.

In defence, Det Sgt Jurkiewicz said that he would often work on cases at home after a shift or on his rest days because of his large workload, and he needed access to materials.

A misconduct panel, led by legally qualified chair Trevor Jones, was held virtually on Monday and Tuesday (Feb 15-16).

Members were also told Det Sgt Jurkiewicz used the Police National Computer to check the details of the registered keeper of a vehicle parked near his home and emailed that information to an insurance company, referencing his occupation as a police officer in the correspondence.

After hearing two days of submissions, the panel ruled that he had breached the force's standards on confidentiality, orders and instructions and he was given a final written warning.

Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: "Everyone at Essex Police is taught the importance of classified information and we work inside the national protocol for keeping personal data safe and secure. DS Jurkiewicz's actions were not acceptable and he has been given a final written warning as a result."

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