A GWENT Police officer is facing a misconduct hearing over a string of allegations about his behaviour after a four-year investigation.

PC Clarke Joslyn, an officer for 26 years, is facing a Gwent Police misconduct panel after a four-year investigation, during which time he has been on paid leave from the force.

Yesterday, Chris Daw QC said PC Joslyn treated the two women in ways that amounted to gross misconduct. No criminal charges have been brought against PC Joslyn, but Mr Daw reminded the panel that the standard of proof in a misconduct hearing was ‘on the balance of probabilities’, rather than the criminal ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. “The allegations are extremely serious in nature for any member of the public, let alone a serving police officer,” he said.

The officer denies all allegations, has accused the witnesses of collusion and has claimed the police standards department’s investigation against him is unfair and unreasonable.

The hearing was told that the officer has been deployed in many operational roles and training roles and has often impressed his fellow officers and supervisors.

Mr Daw added that the tribunal would hear about commendations the officer had received over the course of his service.

The accusations against the officer, the hearing was told, include behaviour which would be considered criminal in nature such as physical violence and assault, harassment and, on one occasion, rape.

The panel heard PC Joslyn threatened one woman, known as Witness D and told her he would “do her over”, and implied “something bad” could happen to her. He also allegedly grabbed Witness D’s throat from behind, then applied pressure to her neck and caused her to panic. The panel also heard that PC Joslyn demonstrated behaviour that amounted to “a pattern of persistent and unwanted repeated contact” with Witness D.

Another witness, known as ‘Witness E’ claims PC Joslyn was abusive towards her.

PC Joslyn is said to have raped Witness E after leaving a party. The officer is also accused of making insulting, anti-Semitic and racist comments on social media.

Mr Daw told the panel he seeks to prove that the officer breached the standards of authority, respect and courtesy – and also seeks to prove discreditable conduct.

“His conduct amounts to gross misconduct, either singularly or cumulatively,” he added.