A FORMER West Midlands Police detective would have been dismissed had he not resigned after it emerged he and his partner were offering sexual services from his home for money, the force has said.

Former Detective Constable Nicholas Taylor, based with CID at Bloxwich, advertised the services on the internet.

When a national newspaper contacted West Midlands Police in November 2020 with allegations about the officer’s activities, the force's professional standards department launched an investigation and he was removed from public-facing duties.

At a hearing today (Wednesday May 25) in front of an independent chair, the former DC was found to have breached professional standards relating to his duties, responsibilities and instructions, and conducting himself in a discreditable way.

The officer had already resigned, but the misconduct process continued and today the independent chair found the officer's behaviour amounted to gross misconduct, and he would have been dismissed had he not resigned.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sam Ridding, head of the force's professional standards department, said: “We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our officers, both on and off duty.

“Like all officers, DC Taylor should not have engaged in activity that was likely to bring discredit on the police service and any business interests should have been declared to be assessed for any potential conflicts of interest with his role within the police.

"He failed to do that, and his off-duty actions brought discredit upon West Midlands Police.”

The former DC will now be placed on the barred list, preventing him from working in policing again.