Surrey police inspector would be dismissed if on force

A former police inspector who asked a colleague for a threesome and groped women’s bottoms would have been dismissed if he was still on the force, a misconduct panel has found.

Surrey Police Inspector Andy Grand quit his job last Sunday just days before the misconduct panel began meaning he will keep his £40,000-a-year pension.

The panel found that Grand had a case to answer for in six incidents of gross misconduct and a further three incidents of misconduct over a 12-year period involving five female colleagues.

Grand made inappropriate comments to several female co-workers including asking one if they were ‘naughty’ before implying they should have a threesome. 

Andy Grand (pictured) retired just days before his misconduct hearing, meaning he will keep his £40k-a-year pension. The hearing found he would have been dismissed if still on the force

He also rubbed the stomach of a co-worker and asked: ‘When are you going to pop one out?’

The hearing also heard that Grand had sex with a co-worker at Surrey Police’s headquarters in Guildford while on duty ‘up to five times’.

Reports were made to the force’s professional standards department after one colleague said he made her feel ‘uncomfortable’ and that she didn’t want to come to work because of his behaviour. 

Grand, 52, was suspended immediately after in May 2017 and he subsequently retired.

Deputy Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: ‘We expect extremely high standards of behaviour from our officers and staff, which former Inspector Andy Grand fell woefully below.

‘I would like to reassure the public that these matters, reported directly to our Professional Standards Department, were dealt with robustly and quickly.

‘I want to further reassure our communities that his actions are not indicative of policing, or the high standards we expect at Surrey Police and sadly detracts from the dedication our workforce show day in and day out in serving the public.

‘There is global movement addressing inappropriate behaviour in workplaces at present, following revelations around a number of individuals, organisations and professions and quite rightly policing is no different.

The former Surrey Police Inspector was accused of pestering a co-worker for a threesome and stroking women's bottoms (stock photo) 

The former Surrey Police Inspector was accused of pestering a co-worker for a threesome and stroking women’s bottoms (stock photo) 

‘I hope the public is reassured by our desire to investigate these matters, be open about our processes and deal with them robustly. We hope the outcome of this hearing enforces that. Behaviour such as this weighs heavily on our officers and staff who are also let down by this behaviour.

‘We have a strong commitment to setting professional boundaries and clearly we expect officers and staff to treat each other and the public with respect, courtesy and in a way which does not undermine public confidence, whether they are on or off duty.

‘We have mandatory and continuous training around the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct, which sets out the standards of behaviour we expect.

‘Alongside this we are raising awareness within the force for all officers and staff regarding abuse of position of authority for a sexual purpose, and just this week we have been continuing this training with external partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable victims of crime from potential unwarranted advance.’

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: ‘The public rightly deserves and expects the highest standards of behaviour from Surrey Police officers and staff which the vast majority display on a daily basis.

‘Sadly this individual has let his colleagues down with this disgraceful and completely unacceptable course of conduct which tarnishes their good name.

‘The behaviour exhibited in this case has no place whatsoever in policing so I am pleased to see the Force’s Professional Standards Department take swift action in ensuring this matter was dealt with effectively.’