A former West Midlands Police officer has today been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to improper use of police powers.
Emerson Estridge, aged 45, from Highland Road, Leamington Spa, admitted four counts of corruption while he was working for West Midlands Police, at a court hearing on 4 December last year.
After the allegations came to light, Estridge resigned from the force in June 2019.
A hearing held on 2 July 2019 found that he would have been dismissed had he not resigned.
Estridge served as a 999 response team officer in Solihull.
But he moved to West Midlands Polices’ operational support unit shortly before he was arrested for misconduct in a public office in March last year.
Estridge was initially charged with six counts of improper use of his police powers and privileges and one count of sexual assault.
The disgraced officer preyed on victims of crime he met while on duty to develop personal and sexual relationships with them.
He admitted to sending flirtatious texts and photos to his victims.
He also admitted to having sex with one victim whilst he was on duty.
Estridge was sentenced to 18 months jail at Birmingham Crown Court.
Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine said:
“Estridge took advantage of his position as a member of West Midlands Police to pursue improper relationships for sexual and emotional gain.
“This was completely unacceptable and a clear breach of the standards of professional behaviour.
“A proactive investigation by our Counter Corruption Unit identified the gravity of offending and led to Estridge pleading guilty.
“It is disappointing we’ve recently seen two ex-colleagues convicted after developing inappropriate relationships with people they’ve met while at work.
“There is no place for this type of behaviour in our organisation.
“Estridge abused his position, his actions were appalling, and my thoughts are with the people affected by them.
“Serving and protecting the public is paramount and it is vital that our communities have the utmost trust and confidence in everything that we do.”
On 4th December 2020, a former West Midlands Police PCSO was sent to prison for 12 months after developing a relationship with the victim of a burglary who he would regularly visit during his shift.
Kevin Hathaway, 38, had initially contacted his lover after she reported being the victim of an attempted burglary.
But after the initial report was taken, Hathaway began to send flirtatious texts to the woman before entering into a physical relationship with her.
The relationship began in 2018 and Hathaway resigned from the force when the investigation began in August 2019.
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