A high-ranking Lincolnshire Police officer is set to face a misconduct hearing after multiple alleged breaches of the standards of professional behaviour. Detective Superintendent Richard Myszczyszyn’s hearing will take place at the police headquarters in Nettleham between September 25 and 29.
It is alleged he breached the standards between July 2020 and April 2022. In February 2021, Detective Superintendent Myszczyszyn allegedly accessed police systems and viewed the personal data of individuals without a policing purpose and or in contravention of Lincolnshire Police Misuse of Police Systems policy.
Between May and July 2021, it is said that he accessed a police system in respect of the personal data of others which was other than in accordance with a policing purpose and/or in contravention of Lincolnshire Police Misuse of Police Systems policy. In September 2022, Detective Superintendent Myszczyszyn allegedly entered a supermarket whilst off duty and identified himself as a police officer.
He then supposedly misled an individual by telling them that he was investigating an allegation of harassment when he knew or ought to have known that he was not acting in a professional capacity or investigating an allegation, and further or alternatively failed to be open and honest with an individual by not disclosing that he was personally connected to the individuals involved in the alleged incident. It’s alleged that he was not acting in his official capacity as a police officer when making a request and/or directing them to provide access to CCTV footage.
In September 2022, it is alleged that Detective Superintendent Myszczyszyn used a personal mobile device to record extracts of CCTV footage, thus obtaining personal data, other than in accordance with a policing purpose. The conduct, if proved, amounts to gross misconduct.
It is alleged that he breached the following standards of professional behaviour:
- Honesty and Integrity
- Authority, Respect and Courtesy
- Orders and Instructions
- Discreditable conduct