A former Barnsley police officer admitted in court to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female domestic abuse victim.
Former PC Liam Mills, 34, pleaded guilty today at Sheffield Crown Court to two counts of misconduct in a public office and a data protection offence (Thursday 28 July).
Concerned colleagues who had become aware of Mills’ actions filed an internal report with the force’s Counter Corruption Unit.
Mills later resigned from the force. In his absence, an accelerated misconduct hearing was held, and it was determined that he would have been dismissed. Furthermore, he has been placed on the barred list, which means he will never work in law enforcement again.
“I am acutely aware of how appalled our communities will rightly be to hear about the offences committed by this former police officer,” said Deputy Chief Constable Tim Forber.
I, like my colleagues throughout the force, am shocked. Such behaviour has no place in South Yorkshire Police, and when others in Mills’ team became aware of what was going on, they followed the appropriate procedures and reported it to our Counter Corruption Unit ” Mills was immediately suspended, and a thorough investigation was conducted, which revealed the offending. I hope that this case demonstrates the force’s commitment to rooting out those who do not reflect true policing values and provides assurance that we will always deal with such matters as quickly and robustly as possible.”
Mills is scheduled to be sentenced on September 30, 2022.