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A serving British Transport Police officer has been dismissed without notice from the Force following a public misconduct hearing.
PC Tim Anderson based at Finsbury Park station, attended the hearing at the Holiday Inn, Camden, where he answered allegations that he breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely authority, respect and courtesy, duties and responsibilities, discreditable conduct, and integrity.
PC Anderson was on duty on 4 March 2020 at Finsbury Park station when he turned off the body worn video of another officer and intentionally damaged the mobile phone of a detained person. On 11 March 2020 PC Anderson was also found to have subjected a detained person to degrading treatment, whereby he filled their shoes with water.
The independent panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct, and he was dismissed from the force with immediate effect on 4 February.
Following the end of the appeal period, we can now disclose the result of the hearing.
Detective Superintendent Peter Fulton, Head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: “PC Anderson's extraordinary behaviour was without doubt entirely inexcusable and will not be tolerated in BTP. Officers know that have a duty of care to any detained person, and they are expected to treat them with courtesy and respect. We will relentlessly challenge anyone who breaches these fundamental obligations.
The public trust our officers to uphold the law and to behave with integrity, and PC Anderson's actions threatened to undermine that confidence. I wholeheartedly support the decision of the independent panel to dismiss him with immediate effect.”