Findings and outcomes of public misconduct hearings

August 2017

Sgt Stephen Davies has been given a final written warning after a misconduct hearing led by an independent chair found one allegation against him not proven and a second allegation of gross misconduct proven.

Sgt Davies, based in Newcastle, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to authority, respect and courtesy in his treatment of a junior colleague.

In April 2016, Sgt Davies inappropriately and unreasonably followed a colleague in an unmarked police vehicle as she left work at 2am.

He has been given a final written warning.

July 2017

PC Sarah Clements has been dismissed from the force after a misconduct hearing found allegations of gross misconduct to be proven following an incident at Sydenham Hill rail station.

On that day PC Clements arrested a man, handcuffed him, placed him in a police van and took him to custody.
 
On arrival at custody, when the man was still in the police van, PC Clements sprayed him with Captor spray. The panel did not accept her evidence that she deployed the spray in self-defence.
 
The allegation that PC Clements also falsified her written statement about the events that took place was also proven. The panel concluded that there were inconsistencies between PC Clements’ written statement, oral evidence and what the panel observed on CCTV, therefore breaching the standards of professional behaviour concerning honesty and integrity.
 
These breaches of the force’s professional standards amounted to gross misconduct and PC Clements was dismissed without notice.

May 2017

PC Kerry Reynolds – based in North London - was found to have committed gross misconduct whilst making an arrest at King's Cross station on 18 February 2016.

The panel heard that the force used by PC Reynolds during this arrest was unnecessary, unreasonable and disproportionate.

It also found PC Reynolds to have breached parts of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour:

  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy
  • Confidentiality, Orders and Instructions

PC Reynolds has been dismissed without notice.

 

PC James Oughton-Martin – based in Milton Keynes – and PC Gary Williams, based in Watford – were found to have committed gross misconduct by failing to investigate an incident in November 2015.

The panel concluded that PC Oughton-Martin and PC Williams were in breach of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour:

  • Duties and responsibilities.

They have both been dismissed without notice.

March 2017

PC Peter Crofts, who was based at King’s Cross St Pancras, was found to have committed gross misconduct while on duty during an incident in March 2016 at St Pancras railway station.

PC Crofts was found to be in breach of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour:

  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Use of Force
  • Discreditable Conduct

He used excessive and unnecessary force on a member of public following their arrest.

He has been dismissed without notice after a misconduct hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct.