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Superintendent breached standards by accessing CCTV for his wife’s harassment claims

A Detective Superintendent allegedly pretended to be on duty to access CCTV footage relating to harassment claims made by his wife, a hearing has heard. The first day of a five-day misconduct hearing for Detective Superintendent Richard Myszczyszyn was held on Monday, September 25, at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters in Nettleham, where he is stationed.

Allegations of Myszczyszyn breaching standards of professional behaviour include him entering the SPAR shop in Drummond Road on September 30, 2022, off-duty, to mislead staff into sharing CCTV footage with him relating to his wife and her former business partner.

Myszczyszyn’s wife and her business partner began trading together at Peekaboo clothing shop in Skegness in July 2020 before their relationship broke down, causing personal issues between the two. Ian Mullarkey, representing Lincolnshire Police at the hearing, said on September 30, 2022, Myszczyszyn’s wife’s former business partner entered the SPAR shop at 3.30pm with her daughter and saw his wife at the left-hand counter.

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Myszczyszyn’s wife then completed her transaction and left the shop and her former business partner left behind her. There were then claims made by Myszczyszyn’s wife that her former business partner had “brushed past her and stared at her” and “pulled out in front of her car,” the hearing was told.

Myszczyszyn then went to the SPAR later that day and is alleged to have identified himself as a police officer and asked for CCTV footage to record it on his personal phone to see an “ongoing harassment case.” He is also alleged to have asked a staff member to put the CCTV footage recording onto a disc to be used as evidence and took screenshots.

No formal complaint was reported to police which would have granted him permission to access the personal data.
In an interview with Myszczyszyn on December 21, 2022, he said: “The crux of the matter is I shouldn’t have got that CCTV and made a mistake getting it.”

The daughter of the former business partner who had entered the SPAR shop with her mum on September 30, 2022, spoke as a witness at the hearing. She confirmed that Myszczyszyn’s wife was in the store at the same time, and said there had been “no interaction whatsoever.”

She said her sister then saw Myszczyszyn in the SPAR later that day. She said her reaction to finding out he had been in the store was that she was “quite worried,” the hearing was told.

She said: “If it was anything to do with me and mum going in there that day I didn’t understand, there was no reason for him to be there. I hadn’t done anything wrong but he is in a powerful position, I don’t understand why anyone would do that.”

Myszczyszyn is also alleged to have breached professional standards of professional behaviour by accessing police systems and viewing the personal data of individuals in February 2021. This was alleged to have been done without a policing purpose and or in contravention of Lincolnshire Police Misuse of Police Systems policy.

He is also alleged to have accessed a police system between May and July 2021 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.

The names are used with the initials for confidentiality at the request of those involved in the misconduct hearing.

The hearing continues.

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