5th November 2018

Former Cleveland Police Officer Detective Inspector Simon Hurwood had eight allegations of gross misconduct and eight more of misconduct upheld recently before a disciplinary hearing in Middlesbrough.

It is reported the Police Disciplinary Panel were told Mr Hurwood preyed upon younger women who were having problems in their personal lives and had full sexual contact with four of them.  It was said there was no evidence of any violence or physical force being used but it was said there were “clear issues of coercive type behaviour”.

All of the women worked for either the Police or “partner agencies” and at the present time there is no evidence Mr Hurwood did the same thing with members of the public or vulnerable victims of crime.

Over a period of 14 years the former Police Officer befriended the women at work and requested sex.  Explicit pictures of the women were requested by him.

One of the women involved was an Officer on probation (in her first 2 years of service) while he was her Sergeant.  It is reported the woman said he “coerced” her into performing sex acts upon him including in Police vehicles and in an Inspector’s office.  She feared if she “spoke up” she would have “probably” lost her job.

The Police Disciplinary Panel Chairman stated Mr Hurwood’s behaviour amounted to “grooming over time”.

Another woman said Mr Hurwood persuaded her to have sex with him in an office while they were on duty.

Mr Hurwood joined Cleveland Police in February 1991.  In 2003 he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2014 became a Detective Inspector for the Force’s Professional Standards Department, the Department tasked with investigating alleged Police Officer misconduct.

In March 2018 Mr Hurwood was arrested by Cleveland Police Force Officers on suspicion of sexual assault offences.  He was suspended from duty the same day and later retired.  It was considered there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him for criminal offences.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner