"Singh abused his trusted position as a neighbourhood officer"
Sandwell police officer Palvinder Singh, aged 39, was sentenced to a total 14 months in prison on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Birmingham Crown Court.
The former officer was jailed for taking advantage of his police powers by visiting vulnerable sex workers and having sexual relationships with the victims while at work.
Palvinder Singh, also known as Pal, was a member of the Smethwick neighbourhood team and married. He was arrested in November 2018 following an accusation against him.
An allegation was made in relation to suspected improper use of his police powers.
Police began their enquiries. At that point, Singh, of Burns Road, Wednesbury, was suspended from his job as a police officer.
In April 2019, he was charged with five counts of corrupt and improper exercise of police powers and privileges between May and October 2018.
It was discovered that Singh had been contacting vulnerable victims and witnesses in an attempt to engage in a sexual relationship, something which he successfully managed to do.
The court heard he engaged in sexual activity with two of the four women targeted.
He had spoken to them about bondage and threesomes using his police phone. Singh also had sex with the victims in his family home while his wife was away.
Singh also misused West Midlands Police systems in order to conduct checks for a non-policing purpose.
The court heard that Singh was officially dismissed from the West Midlands Police force on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
The communications took place several times in 2018. Singh committed the offence while he was on duty, off duty, on annual leave and during a sick leave period.
At a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court in June 2019, Singh pleaded guilty to the five charges against him. As a result, he was suspended from West Midlands Police.
Chief Inspector Yvonne Bruton from the force’s Professional Standards team, stated:
“Singh abused his trusted position as a neighbourhood officer for his own sexual gain.
“There is no room in the police force for corrupt behaviour and particularly where this takes advantage of those who are vulnerable and look to the police for help and protection.
“This is an abuse of trust in the worst form, and there is no place for officers like this in West Midlands Police.”
At his hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, the disgraced police officer was sentenced to a total of 14 months. He will serve half of the sentence on licence.
Birmingham Mail reported that Palvinder Singh was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.