A detective inspector hit a policewoman on the floor and called her a “naughty girl” for making her own cup of tea.
Detective Inspector Matt Banks is accused of meeting the Detective Constable at work on January 3rd of this year.
The Kent Police Officer is charged with gross misconduct by violating the standards of professional conduct of authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, and discreditable behavior.
Mr Banks admitted his actions and accepted that it was wrongdoing, but denied it was gross wrongdoing.
At the hearing on Tuesday, it was heard that Mr Banks was making tea for colleagues when he saw the woman, dubbed DC, making her own tea after being accidentally missed by the group.
Aaron Rathmell, who represented Kent Police, said Mr. Banks and DC were “long time colleagues on friendly terms”.
He said, “He made a round of tea, the female DC was accidentally left out.
“There were jokes between them when he did this. The atmosphere, the context of the exchange was in a good mood at the time.”
The panel was told that Mr. Banks then went to DC and hit DC on the floor and said her words, “Just leave it, you naughty girl, I’ll do it.”
The policewoman gave testimony and said she was “frozen”.
DC said, “It was a hard hit, it was a hit to the floor that was powerful, loud enough to hear, feel. It hurt and made me jump.”
Nick Yeo, who represented Mr. Banks, suggested calling DC a “naughty girl” rather than naughty, but this was not accepted by her.
DC told the panel it said “just leave it you naughty girl, I’ll do it” but accepted that the sentences might have been out of order.
Mr. Banks is also accused of trying to stop DC from reporting his actions and shortly thereafter telling her “what I did did not happen”.
Mr Rathmell said, “He was subtly looking for an understanding where both he and the female DC and possibly others would pretend they hadn’t seen what just happened.”
Mr. Yeo denied the text of the comment, saying it was made “out of embarrassment and without malicious intent”.
The hearing was told that the slap had no sexual motive and was not intended to please Mr. Banks.
One witness, referred to as DS B, described it as “like a tick-off slap, not a sexual slap.”
DC said the incident affected their confidence and sense of security at work.
She said, “This is 2020, this is not the 1970s. I never expected this to happen to me or anyone else.
“I love my job. I come to work, I feel safe. No matter what else is going on in my life … I always come to work and feel happy and comfortable with people who are probably closer than some of my family members. “
She added, “I was embarrassed to believe anyone would think this was acceptable. I have never given anyone in my work or social life the impression that this was acceptable behavior.”
After DC finished their evidence, Mr. Yeo said on behalf of Mr. Banks, “He wants to apologize to you.
“He describes himself as embarrassed, embarrassed and disappointed, and accepts that he has abandoned you, himself, his family and the Kent police.”
The hearing continues.