A police officer who entered ‘inappropriate relationships’ with two women he met while on duty has been jailed for 18 months.

Paul Chadwick, 51, of Churchwood, Pontypool, who served as a constable with Gwent Police, was charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office amounting to an abuse of public trust after he entered the relationships last year. 

Cardiff Crown Court was informed that the father of three, whose wife was suffering from cancer, planned to meet secretly with one the women after she finished her shift as a Gwent Police officer.  

The court learned that he had a relationship with another woman weeks later. He sent more than 240 text messages to her, and he also kissed another woman he met while on duty.

Today, the former paramedic, who quit his £37,000-a-year job when his affairs were discovered, was jailed for 18 months after admitting two charges of misconduct in a public office after the encounters between January and May 2020.

Roger Griffiths the Prosecutor stated that Chadwick had met his first female victim after taking her statement after being an assault victim.

PC Paul Chadwick, 51, of Churchwood, Pontypool, was jailed for 18 months after admitting two charges of misconducted in a public office

Following two misconduct charges in a public office, PC Paul Chadwick 51 of Churchwood Pontypool was sent to jail for 18 months 

According to Mr Griffiths, the woman said she believed Chadwick was trustworthy and that she confided in him her mental problems prior to starting an affair.

Griffiths explained that Griffiths would often visit his off-duty duty partner and have sex. He said they had sex four times and she thought they had had as many as 20 sex sessions. Sometimes it would be just a hug or kiss. He would contact you before and after work.

According to the woman, Chadwick tried to avoid her and that it didn’t work. He also felt guilty for being married. But she continued their fling.

She replied, “He came back to you five times.”   

Cardiff Crown Court heard that their relationship was over, but she later committed suicide on a bridge. Police were called and the case was investigated by Cardiff Crown Court.

She told her fellow officers, after she had been admitted into a mental hospital, that he was a Cwmbran Copper. “I can’t speak for him. The wife of the man he was married found out, and that was it.

Chadwick was later identified by her, and she said that the two of them fell in love. I had just lost Chadwick his job.             

Griffiths stated that his phone was taken to analyze the incident with another woman from whom he had given a witness.

“He kissed her and they exchanged over 240 text messages, many of which were lewd or lascivious. They also discussed sexual preferences and positions.

Interviewed by colleagues, Chadwick said that he had ‘fell into temptation’. 

After the two sexual encounters in January 2020, he admitted to misconduct in public office.

Chadwick, who served as a constable with Gwent Police, would secretly meet one of the women for sex before and after finishing shifts as a police officer

Chadwick was a Gwent Police constable and would meet one of these women to have sex after completing his shifts.

Sue Ferrier, the defending attorney, claimed that Chadwick was dealing with personal problems, such as his wife’s fight against cancer, and an earlier cancer scare.

She stated that him working as a paramedic was his first job before becoming police officers.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke stated that the police officer’s role is one of great power and responsibility.

“It was you who brought you in contact with the women, and that you took advantage.” 

Amanda Blakeman, Deputy Chief Constable, stated that the allegations were made as soon as they became aware by the force. They were referred to IOPC according to procedure.

“Everyday the vast majority (over 90%) of our officers work very hard to deliver an outstanding service and to increase the trust of our communities,” she stated.

“Individuals such as Chadwick have let down their communities and colleagues by failing to uphold the high standards of conduct that both the public and force expect from officers. This type of behavior is not appropriate for the Gwent Police. 

Catrin Evans, Independent Office for Police Conduct Director for Wales said that cases where police officers misuse their positions for sexual reasons are some of the most grave examples of corruption we have investigated and could impact public confidence in police.

Paul Chadwick abused the trust he was given and his actions were a disaster for two vulnerable women.

“I hope that this outcome will send a clear message for any officer who has committed misconduct in such a manner, and they will face severe consequences.