Former (Northumbria Police PSD) Superintendent David Borrie claims of abused his position.. pressurise an “extremely vulnerable” employee into performing sex acts on him ...
08 June 2019
Dear Northumbria Police,
The telegraph newspaper published the following story concerning former (Northumbria Police Professional Standards) Superintendent David Borrie:
"Third sex scandal engulfs Northumbria Police
third senior officer with a scandal hit police force abused his position to pressurise an “extremely vulnerable” employee into performing sex acts on him, a tribunal has heard.
Former Superintendent David Borrie, 57, allegedly took advantage of the woman, who was 20-years his junior, when she was having personal problems.
But when his Chief Constable, Mike Craik – who was embroiled in his own sex scandal - found out, he decided to have a “quiet word” with the officer, rather than take further action, allowing him to keep his pension.
It took an internal investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to rule that Mr Borrie, who worked in Northumbria Police’s department of professional standards, should receive an official warning.
Criminal proceedings were also considered but Mr Borrie eventually retired from the force without any further action, it was claimed.
Details of the third scandal emerged during a tribunal brought by Northumbria Police’s former head of legal services, Denise Aubrey, who claims the force was riddled with sex scandals.
Earlier the hearing heard claims that Mr Craik was punched by one of his Chief Superintendents, Jim Peacock, after he discovered he was having an affair with his wife, Carolyn, who was an assistant chief constable with the force.
In another scandal Mr Craik allegedly tried to axe one of his assistant chief constables, Greg Vant, after discovering he was having an affair with his secretary, Juliet Bains.
Ms Aubrey claims she was fired for allegedly disclosing confidential details of sexual affairs amongst high ranking officers, an accusation she denies.
In her evidence to the hearing in North Shields, North Tyneside, said said: “Superintendent Borrie, a high ranking officer in the professional standards department (PSD,) pursued a (junior civilian staff member.)
“He was 44, she was (in her twenties) and she was extremely vulnerable.
“The disclosed files show that he groped her in the office. On another occasion, he took her for a drink in the afternoon at a pub and then pressurised her into giving him oral sex.”
She explained that sometime later the woman became concerned that her boyfriend might have had a history of domestic violence and asked Mr Borrie to look into it for her.
She said: “He used the fact that he had this information to get her into his car and again pressurised her into giving him oral sex.
“Eventually she told her female colleagues about what had happened and there was an external investigation because of the seriousness of the allegations.
“Borrie was not dismissed, whilst it was felt that a criminal charge would not succeed, he had clearly breached police standards.
“Instead, it was decided to move him out of PSD but to allow him to complete his service so that he could get his pension.
“Mr Craik decided to have a ‘quiet word’ with him and told him not to bother applying for promotion.
“However the IPCC insisted that he received a formal written warning.”
Who’s who | Northumbria Police tribunal
Former Chief Constable of Northumbria Police
Retired in 2010. Married to Sharon but accused of having an affair with his Assistant Chief Constable Carolyn Peacock. Was allegedly attacked by her husband, Chief Superintendent Jim Peacock, at a barbecue at his home.
Assistant Chief Constable of Northumbria Police
Retired in 2007 and is now a non-executive director with the North East ambulance service. Married to fellow officer Chief Superintendent Jim Peacock but was accused of having an affair with her boss, Chief Constable Mike Craik.
Chief Superintendent with Northumbria Police
Married to fellow officer Carolyn. Allegedly attacked Chief Constable Craik after discovering he was having an affair with his wife. Was accused of punching him while at a barbecue at his home, sparking a response by armed officers who raced to the scene. The incident was allegedly later hushed up.
Assistant Chief Constable
Retired in 2013. Married to wife Gillian for 25-years when he had an affair with the Chief Constable’s secretary Juliet Bains. Was placed on secondment after his boss learned of the relationship. Later left his wife and is understood to be living with Mrs Bains.
Secretary to Chief Constable Mike Craik
Left her husband, Alan, for a police officer before starting a relationship with Assistant Chief Constable Greg Vant. Initially denied the affair. Was moved from her job to a role in Human Resources when the relationship was confirmed.
Former Chief Constable of Northumbria Police
Retired in 2015 Accused senior male colleagues at Northumbria Police of sexism and said she was treated differently because she was a woman.
Ms Aubrey has also made claims against lower ranking officers, who she says were not suspended for much more serious misdemeanors than the ones she was accused of.
In her evidence she says: “At the time of my suspension Detective Constable Calvert and Detective Sergeant Johnson were facing serious allegations involving serious misconduct.
“The allegations included DC Calvert having an inappropriate relationship with a female suspect on bail and whose charges were later dropped, numerous failures involving the seizure and handling of firearms, failing to investigate arson and fraud, misleading other officers about the investigations and disclosing police information to criminals.
“Despite these and more serious allegations, which took many months to investigate, they were never suspended pending their disciplinary hearing. They were just moved and continued to have unfettered access to all police information systems.
“In contrast, I was suspended for what I am supposed to have said when I was mentally ill.”
The tribunal continues." ++ ENDS++
Link to story here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05...
Under the FOIA 2000 I would like you to disclose copies (copies of originals please) of all correspondence between Northumbria Police, its Professional Standards Department (PSD) and the IPCC concerning above (now former) PSD Superintendent David Borrie case.
Please also disclose copy of the correspondence relating to; " However the IPCC insisted that he received a formal written warning.” Fyi; 'he' being Mr Borrie.
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