Misconduct Outcomes

It is important for public confidence in policing that West Yorkshire Police is open and accountable about misconduct proceedings involving police officers. With this in mind they are now publishing the outcomes of misconduct hearings to the public. The information will be published on a quarterly basis and includes details of the standard which has been breached, basic details of the breach and the misconduct outcome.

The vast majority of officers and staff who work for West Yorkshire Police act with integrity and professionalism at all times. However, where conduct falls below the high standards expected by the Force it is important for the public to know that they will be dealt with firmly.

 

Misconduct Outcomes


2013

Misconduct hearings of West Yorkshire Police (PDF 18KB)

2014

Misconduct Hearings - Feb 2014 - July 2014 (MS Word 12KB)

2015

Misconduct Hearings Dec 14 - May 15

 

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes June 15 - Dec 15 

September 15 - Police Constable - honesty and integrity. Officer was charged with pervert the course of justice but was found not guilty of the offence after trial. The officer attended at a misconduct hearing after discrepancies were raised in relation to their evidence at court. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

November 15 - Police Sergeant - honesty and integrity, discreditable conduct. Allegation made that an officer abused their position by commencing a relationship with a vulnerable female who they had met through the course of their duties. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

December 15 - Police Constable x 2 - use of force. Allegation made that 2 officers used excessive force on a male. The charge was proved and both officers were dismissed without notice.

December 15 - Police Constable - discreditable conduct. Officer, whilst off duty was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink. He appeared at court and pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.


Misconduct Hearing Outcomes 2016

January 16 - Police Constable - honesty and integrity. Allegation made that the officer failed to disclose on his vetting form full details of his circumstances which he later continued to deny. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

February 16 - Police Constable - discreditable conduct. The officer whilst off duty was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink. She appeared at court and pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

March 16 - Police Constable honesty and integrity, discreditable conduct and duties and responsibilities. The officer is alleged to have provided an inaccurate account to his supervision as to the circumstances surrounding a detained person who had escaped his custody. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

April 16 - Police Constable - discreditable conduct. The officer, whilst off duty was arrested in relation to her conduct and behaviour whilst in a public house in April 15. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

June 16 – Police Constable – discreditable conduct, duties and responsibilities – allegation made that an off duty officer socialised with a convicted offender whilst at a snooker club and accepted a lift home with him in a vehicle he had previously searched. During a search of the officers address a confidential investigation file was found. The officer received a final written warning.

July 16 – Police Constable – discreditable conduct, honesty and integrity, orders and instructions, confidentiality, duties and responsibilities. It was alleged that the officer created misleading reports and failed to include information in those reports. It was further alleged that the officer used police computer systems for other than a policing purpose and disclosed information to a third party. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

August 16 - Police Constable - discreditable conduct. The officer, whilst off duty, was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and indecent assault.  He appeared at  Bradford Court and was found guilty of the offences. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

September 16 - 2 Police Constables - Authority, respect and courtesy, orders and instructions, confidentiality and discreditable conduct.  Allegation made that whilst on duty officers agreed to provide two females with a lift home.  Once at the address the officers remained at the location when they should have returned to duty.  It is alleged that during the journey and whilst at the address, the officers behaved inappropriately. One of the officers later returned to location after finishing his tour of tour of duty and the following day misused the police computer systems by viewing a Log about the incident, without a policing purpose to do so. The charges were proved and both officers were dismissed without notice. 

October 16 - Police Constable -  Authority, Respect & Courtesy and  Discreditable Conduct. It is alleged that the officer, whilst dealing with a victim of crime, abused his position as a police officer by making inappropriate contact with the female. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice. 

November 16 - Police Constable - Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct and Confidentiality. Allegation made that the officer misused police computer systems by seraching and checking a member of their family. It was further alleged that they have disclosed this information to the family member. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

November 16 - Police Constable - Use of Force and Discreditable Conduct. It is alleged that the officer used force that was not deemed reasonable, necessary or proportionate, on a member of the public who had been detained by other officers. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.  

December 16 - Police Constable - Authority, Respect & Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct. It is alleged that the officer attended at an address and used verbally abusive language towards the occupier of the property. The charge was proved and the officer received a final written warning.

 

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes 2017

January 17 - Police Sergeant - Discreditable Conduct.  - The officer, whilst off duty, was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink.  He appeared at York Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

February 17 - Police Constable - Orders and Instructions and Discreditable Conduct - The officer, whilst on duty and driving a marked police vehicle was in collision with a pedestrian. The officer pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention. The charge was proved and the officer received management advice.

February 17 - Police Constable - Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Use of Force, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct. The officer was alleged to have used force that was not deemed reasonable, necessary or proportionate on a member of the public who was being detained by another officer. The officer was subsequently convicted of common assault. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

March 17 - Police Constable - Discreditable Conduct; Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Orders and Instructions. It is alleged that whilst using a mobile based dating application the officer asked another user it they wished to participate in sexual activity in exchange for the payment of money and further later identified himself as a police officer. The charge was proved and the officer received a final written warning.

April 17 - Police Constables x 2 - Use of Force and Discreditable Conduct - It is alleged that the officers, whilst on duty stopped and detained a male in Leeds. Whilst being detained the male was taken to the ground and assaulted by the officers by being kicked.  The male sustained a number of injuries including swelling to his left cheekbone. It is further alleged the officers swore at the male. The charges were proved and both officers were dismissed without notice.

April 17 - Police Constable - Duties & Responsibilities and Orders & Instructions. It is alleged that whilst involved in a police pursuit of a vehicle the officer breached his training and approved professional practice (APP) in that he failed to undertake ongoing dynamic risk assessments; abandon the pursuit at an earlier stage when the risks to the public became unacceptably high and communicate effectively with the control room, thereby undermining their ability to assess the situation and call off the pursuit. The charges were not proved and no action was taken against the officer.

May 17 – Detective Inspector - Respect & Courtesy and Duties & Responsibilities. Allegation made that the officer failed to provide adequate supervision to a junior officer who was tasked with an investigation into Child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences and failed to ensure the junior officer had the necessary resources to conduct a serious and complex investigation. It is further alleged that the officer dealt with the parents of the victim in a manner that could undermine their trust in West Yorkshire Police and failed to treat the victim as vulnerable.

May 17 – Detective Sergeant - Duties & Responsibilities. Allegation made that the officer failed to ensure/instruct that the investigation into a CSE case be treated as a serious sexual offence, failed to provide adequate supervision to a junior officer who was tasked with the investigation into the CSE offences and failed to ensure the junior officer had the necessary resources to conduct a serious and complex investigation.  It is further alleged that the officer failed to treat the victim as vulnerable.

May 17 – Detective Constable - Authority, Respect & Courtesy, Duties & Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct. Allegation made that the officer failed to properly prioritise allegations of serious offending, failed to seek appropriate guidance from more senior and experienced colleagues, failed to take proper and timely steps to identify possible suspects and investigate serious offences and failed to create crime reports in line with relevant guidance.  It is further alleged that the officer made inappropriate comments to the victim and failed to treat the victim as vulnerable.

The charges against the Inspector and the Sergeant were not proved and the charge against the Constable was proved as misconduct and the officer received a written warning.

May 17 Police Constable - Discreditable Conduct - The officer was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism.  He subsequently pleaded guilty to 3 counts of voyeurism contrary to S.67(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and 1 count of voyeurism contrary to S.67(4) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.  He was sentenced to 18  month’s imprisonment and received a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order requiring him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for a period of 10 years. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

May 17 - Police Sergeant - Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions and Discreditable Conduct - On 22 June 2016 the officer made contact with the Police Architectural Liaison Officer to discuss a planning application for a proposed skate park in Huddersfield, purportedly as part of his role as a police officer.  A report was submitted by the officer on 28 June 2016 that the site would not be suitable for use as a skate park. The officer then met with the Police Architectural Liaison Officer on 12 July 2016 to discuss his concerns.  On 13 July 2016, an email was sent from the Police Architectural Planning Officer to the Planning Officer at the Council to say that, in light of report provided on 28 June 2016 by the officer, the Police now wished to oppose the application which was untrue. The charge was proved for misconduct and the officer received a final written warning.

June 17 - Police Constable - Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct. It is alleged that on 25 February 2015 and 26 October 2015 the officer attended at his child’s school in a police vehicle, whilst on duty without authority or permission to do so.  The emergency lights and sirens were activated on 25 February 2015 for no apparent policing purpose. On 2 January 2016 the officer was on duty and attended at his home address which made him unavailable to attend incidents.  On this occasion the officer travelled above the speed limit and displayed the emergency lights on his journey for no apparent policing purpose. Between 25th February 2015 and 1st August 2015 and 1 September 2015 and 1 January 2016 , the officer travelled to him home address or his partner’s address whilst on duty. On one occasion the officer remained at his home for 4½ hours, without authority or permission to do so.  On 5 occasions between 25 February 2015 and 1 January 2016, the officer travelled above the speed limit and on 12 occasions the officer displayed the emergency lights on his journey for no apparent policing purpose. On 1 May 2015, 28 June 2015 and 12 July 2015 the officer was on duty in a police vehicle and travelled above the national speed limit on each occasion.   On 1 May 2015 the officer also travelled above the speed limit and displayed the emergency lights on his journey for no apparent policing purpose. On 23 September 2015 whilst attending at his home without permission or authority to do so, the officer activated the sirens for no apparent policing purpose. The charges were proved and the officer received a final written warning.

August 17 - Police Constable - Discreditable Conduct. It is alleged that the officer, whilst off duty, was arrested on suspicion of sexually touching a female. It is further alleged that the officer used foul and abusive language towards members of door staff, who had ejected him from the nightclub, and on police attendance made false allegations that door staff had assaulted him. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

December 17 - Police Constable x 2 (PC Claire Brown and PC Abubakar Saddique)  - On 14 November 2015 an officer attended an address in South Elmsall in company with a colleague to make arrest enquiries regarding a male. The officers drafted their witness statements when they returned to the police station. It was alleged that the first officer completed her statement and then accessed that of her colleague. The statement of the second officer mirrored the content of his colleagues statement. It was considered that the first officer should have challenged her colleague about the content of his statement, but did not do so. It was further alleged that in the course of providing sworn evidence at the trial of the male, the first officer claimed not to have seen the statement of her colleague, when the officer knew, or ought to have known, that this was untrue. It is alleged that the second officer submitted a witness statement that had been extensively copied from the statement prepared by his colleague. It was further alleged that in the course of giving sworn evidence at the trial and in particular when challenged by defence counsel about having copied his colleagues statement, the second officer denied doing so. The charges against PC Brown were not proved and no further action was taken, however the charges against PC Saddique were proved and he was dismissed without notice.

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes - 2018

January 18 - Police Constable (DC Sarah Grummitt). West Yorkshire Police have a Travel Policy which permits free rail travel for police officers on Northern Rail services only, subject to specified conditions. It was alleged that DC Grummitt used Virgin Trains on more than one occasion to travel to and from work without making valid payment in contravention of Force Policy and procedures and the National Rail Conditions of Carriage. It was further alleged that following service of a Regulation Notice in relation to the above allegation, DC Grummitt accessed police computer records which related to her own alleged misconduct investigation, when there was no policing purpose and when she was aware this was in breach of Force Policy and relevant legislation. The charges were proved and the officer received a final written warning.

March 18 - Ex Police Constable (PC Andrew Beech) - It was alleged that whilst off duty on 7 Sept 17, former police officer Beech was involved in an incident at a public house. Officers attended and former police officer PC Beech was arrested and transported to the Police Station. On 24 January 2018, former police officer Beech was found guilty after trial at Huddersfield Mags Court of assault by beating. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

May 18 - Detective Inspector (Ins Timothy Boswell) - At the material times the officer was involved in a personal relationship and living with Ms X. In 2012 Ms X was a serving police officer who was the subject of an investigation by the Professional Standards Department. The officer provided information in respect of that investigation to PSD, however, he made no reference to the nature of their relationship. He subsequently provided a statement in respect of the same PSD investigation, this statement made no reference to the fact of their personal relationship. It is alleged that his failure to disclose a personal interest impacted on the outcome of that investigation undertaken by the Professional Standards Department. On 24th September 2015 Ms X was dismissed from the organisation following a finding of gross misconduct. In 2016 the officer was subject of a vetting interview. In the course of the interview he was asked why Ms X had left the Police Service, he replied that she had left to further her business. It is alleged he failed to disclose that Ms X had been dismissed following a finding of gross misconduct. The charge was proved for misconduct and the officer received a written warning.

June 18 - Ex Police Constable (PC Edmund Davis) - In October 2015, Edmund Davis met with his second line manager to discuss leaving his role as a Safer School Officer.  Mr Davis told his second line manager that he wished to leave his role due to recent incidents where he felt his position had been made difficult in the school as some members of staff had failed to apply their policy around the restraint of pupils.  Mr Davis did not inform his second line manager that allegations of sexual misconduct had been made against him. The Panel determined that the matter breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour of Honesty & Integrity and would have attracted an outcome of dismissal without notice had Mr Davis been a serving officer.

June 18  - Ex Police Constable (PC Martin Richardson) - On 19th March 2017, officers attended former PC Martin Richardson’s home address following a report that he had attacked his girlfriend, Miss D.  After viewing CCTV footage, the attending officer arrested Mr Richardson for assaulting Miss D. Miss D sustained a dislocated and fractured ring finger as well as minor bruising to her eyebrow, left hand and arms. On Tuesday 29th January 2018, at Leeds Crown Court, Mr Richardson pleaded guilty to Section 39 assault by beating and received a twelve month conditional discharge and an order to pay a £20 victim surcharge. During the police investigation, Miss D provided her mobile phone to West Yorkshire Police, the downloaded data was found to contain a number of racist messages between Mr Richardson and Miss D.Mr Richardson tendered his resignation on 29th January 2018. Mr Richardson acted in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct. The Chief Constable determined that the matter breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour and would have attracted an outcome of dismissal without notice had Mr Richardson been a serving officer.

 

July 18 - Police Constable (PC Ian Bell) - On 19 July 17, PC Bell attended at a children’s home following a report of a missing person.  Whilst at the address PC Bell spoke with a 14 year old female resident.  It is alleged that on 20 July 17, the officer sent the female resident a number of inappropriate and unprofessional messages via Snapchat having obtained her details the previous day.  It is further alleged that at the end of the communications, the officer asked the female resident to delete the messages between them. All charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.
 

August 18 - Former SC Wesley Cassidy - on 17th January 16, whilst still a serving officer, SC Cassidy and a colleague attended at the home address of a female who was a witness in an ongoing criminal investigation. It is alleged that SC Cassidy later contacted this female via social media and developed a relationship with her culminating in sexual intercourse. It is alleged that former SC Cassidy breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct. He has since resigned from the Force. The charges were proved and the officer would have been dismissed without notice had he still been a serving officer.

September 18 -  Police Constables Dickie and Straker attended a Misconduct Hearing for breaching the Standards of Professional Behavior in relation to: Honesty & Integrity and Use of Force. On 16thAugust 2016 both officers were on duty and deployed to a report of an ongoing domestic disturbance involving a male, Mr X and his partner. During the incident, PC Straker arrested Mr X. It is alleged that PC Dickie used excessive force upon Mr X by performing a leg sweep upon Mr X in an attempt to take him to the ground and whilst on the ground using a single jab to his head an/or using repeated knee strikes to his head. This action caused Mr X to sustain a facial injury. It is alleged that whilst en route to the police station, PC Straker and PC Dickie colluded to agree a false account of the circumstances surrounding PC Dickie’s use of force against Mr X. It is alleged that PC Straker failed to report PC Dickie’s excessive use of force upon Mr X. The charges against both officers were not proved.

October 18 - Police Constable Davena Arundale - On 4th February 2018 PC Arundale drove to Javelin House Police Station in her own vehicle and reported for duty.  It is alleged that shortly after reporting for duty, she was required to undertake a breath test procedure, the result of which was reading of 55µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.  The legal limit to drive a vehicle is 35µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.  PC Arundale was arrested on suspicion of Driving a Motor Vehicle with Alcohol Concentration over the Prescribed Limit. It is alleged that PC Arundale was then required to provide two further specimens of breath, the results being 31µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath and 32µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath respectively. At all material times she was on duty in full uniform and rostered to undertake a ‘safety critical’ role.  An officer is deemed unfit to work in a ‘safety critical’ role if they have more than 13µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The charge was proved and the officer received a final written warning.

December 18 - Police Constable Damian Groves - In July 2017, PC Groves was the subject of a conduct investigation after it had been identified that he had engaged in a business interest relating to scuba diving that had been declined in 2015. In November 2017, the officer made a business interest application relating to scuba diving. This was declined. In December 2017 the officer was issued with a Final Written Warning following a Misconduct Meeting in respect of continuing a business interest that had been declined. It is alleged that the officer has continued to operate and be actively involved in a Scuba Diving business despite his business interest application being declined.

On Thursday 26th April 2018, PC Groves travelled on the 07:40 Virgin East Coast Train from Leeds to Peterborough. He produced his police warrant card when the train guard requested his ticket. PC Groves was informed that he was required to purchase a ticket or get off at the next stop. The officer did not purchase a ticket and continued his journey to Peterborough. When he got off the train, he informed a Virgin East Coast staff member that he was travelling to London to conduct undercover work. PC Groves was not on duty and was not working undercover. He did not have permission to travel using his police warrant card. On the 12th May 2018, PC Groves used his police warrant card on a Virgin East Coast train journey from Peterborough to Leeds instead of purchasing a ticket. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice from the Force.

 

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes 2019

January 19 - Police Constable Danny Tuff - It is alleged that PC Danny Tuff has misused the West Yorkshire Police computer systems by searching and reviewing a number of records for which he did not have a policing purpose to do so. The charge was proved and the officer received a final written warning.

February 19 - Former Special Constable Stephanie Gill - On or around 11 February 2018 former SC Gill failed to report and or take any action in respect of a potential criminal offence committed by a person with whom she had an inappropriate and or notifiable association. Former SC Gill failed to complete the relevant police form to record her inappropriate and notifiable personal association and relationship with this same person until required to do so by West Yorkshire Police (after they had become aware of this association by virtue of information received from another police force). Former SC Gill continued with this association and despite being told on 20th April 2018 that this association and relationship was inappropriate and former SC Gill indicating that she had ended the relationship. SC Gill knowingly acted in breach of force policy and the Standard of Professional Behaviour by continuing this inappropriate association and relationship. The officer has since resigned from the Force. The charges were proved and the officer would have been dismissed without notice had she still been a serving officer.

March 19 - Police Constable Richard Sloan - It is alleged that between September 2017 and 3rd October 2017, whilst off duty at his home address, PC Sloan engaged in coercive and controlling behaviour to his female partner. Whilst engaging in this behaviour, it is alleged that PC Sloan grabbed/pushed his partner on three separate occasions between 27th September 2017 and 2nd October 2017. It is further alleged that PC Sloan sent a message to his partner via social media containing racist comments. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

March 19 - Police Constable Judith Mulligan - On 27 September 2013 DC Mulligan contacted police via 999 to report an attempt burglary at her home address.  Officers attended and conducted a search of the area.  Two males were located nearby and were arrested on suspicion of attempt burglary.  Following a VIPER procedure, DC Mulligan positively identified both suspects.  The males were found guilty of the offence and sentenced accordingly. A subsequent investigation into an unrelated matter revealed a text conversation between DC Mulligan and other officers which contained reference to her being given sight of police photographs of both suspects prior to the VIPER procedure taking place. On 08 March 2016 DC Mulligan was arrested for Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice and following a trial commencing on 14 January 2019 at Leeds Crown Court the officer was found guilty of Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice and received a 12 months prison sentence, suspended for 2 years. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

April 19 - former Police Constable Nabil Fiaz - Mr Fiaz was the registered keeper of a vehicle involved in speeding offences on 12 June 2017 in the South Yorkshire area and 17 July 2017 in the West Yorkshire area. It is alleged that, on both occasions, Mr Fiaz failed to furnish the correct details of the driver at the time of the offences. The charges were proved and the panel stated that the ex officer would have been dismissed had he still been serving with the Force.

May 19 - Police Constable Joynal Hannan - On 13 April 2018 police officers attended at the home of PC Hannan, who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife and criminal damage to her mobile phone. The officer subsequently appeared at court on 18 February 2019 and was found guilty of a Section 39 Assault and Criminal Damage. PC Hannan was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment for the Assault and 6 weeks imprisonment for the Criminal Damage, to run concurrently, but was suspended for 18 months.  He was made subject of a Restraining Order and required to undertake a Rehabilitation Course. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

July 19 - Police Constable Luke Stenberg -On 11 March 2019, whilst off duty, PC Stenberg was stopped by police and after providing a breath sample was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink.  He was later charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst exceeding the prescribed limit. On 28 March 2019, PC Stenberg appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit.  He was convicted and disqualified from driving for 2 years and ordered to pay a fine of £400, costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £40. The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

July 19 -  Police Constable Mark Beardsley - In July 2019 Police Constable Mark Beardsley attended a Misconduct Hearing for breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Duties and Responsibilities.  The Misconduct Hearing was held in private due to the nature of the allegations.In 2018 a member of staff at a High School asked PC Beardsley to attend a meeting at the school in his capacity as a Safer Schools Officer. During that meeting PC Beardsley was told that a child under 13 had been having sexual intercourse. As a matter of law, such behaviour would amount in any event to the offence of the rape of a child under 13 and would give rise to a significant safeguarding risk. Even though PC Beardsley had been made aware of this information he responded inappropriately; he failed to record the matters disclosed as a crime; failed to initiate an investigation into suspected offences; and failed to make any referrals, record intelligence or take similar action for safeguarding purposes. PC Beardsley discussed these matters further with the child and the staff member in a second meeting at the school that took place a week later. Following this meeting, PC Beardsley knew or should have known that the child was a potential victim of child sexual exploitation, was at significant risk of harm and therefore should have recorded the disclosures as a crime; initiated an investigation into those matters; and recorded intelligence and/or referred the matter on for safeguarding purposes.  Following evidence gathered during an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the charge was proved and PC Beardsley was dismissed without notice.

PC Beardsley appealed against the sanction imposed at the original Misconduct Hearing.  On 28th February 2020 the Police Appeals Tribunal upheld his appeal and substituted a Final Written Warning. PC Beardsley will now be reinstated to the Force.

Aug 19 - PC Police Constable Josie Bower attended a misconduct hearing for Discreditable Conduct.  On 25 August 2018, whilst off duty, PC Bower attended the Sun Public House in Bradford.  Following an incident inside the premises, she was ejected by security staff.  Whilst outside the premises, it is alleged that PC Bower punched a female and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault.  On 21 May 2019, PC Bower appeared at Barnsley Magistrates Court and was found guilty of assault, ordered to pay costs, compensation and a victim surcharge and made subject of a Community Order and a Restraining Order.  The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

Oct 19 - Police Constable Robert Dovey attended a misconduct hearing for Use of Force and Discreditable Conduct. It was alleged that the officer used force which was not deemed reasonable, necessary or proportionate on a member of the public who had been detained by other officers and he moved the member of the public into another van to give the officer the opportunity to assault him further both during the transfer and during the journey. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

Dec 19 - The case of ex-DC Ben Robinson was heard at a misconduct hearing for Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct. Ex DC Robinson attended a domestic incident in December 2015 and became the Officer in the Case in respect of the criminal proceedings arising from that incident.  It is alleged that whilst that criminal investigation was ongoing, ex-DC Robinson engaged in a sexual relationship with the female victim from that incident.  In October 2017 ex-DC Robinson was arrested on suspicion of an offence of misconduct in public office.  In September 2019 ex-DC Robinson pleaded guilty to that offence and was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment (suspended for 2 years), a fine of £1200 and a requirement to undertake 150 hours unpaid work. The charges were proved and the officer would have been dismissed from the Force had he still been serving.

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes 2020

Jan 20 -  Police Constable Julie Wilby attended a misconduct hearing for Fitness for Work, Orders and Instructions and Discreditable Conduct. It was alleged that on 24th September 2019, PC Wilby commenced her shift as a Police Officer at 0700 hours. She drove to work from her home address, a distance of approximately 3.2 miles. At 0800 hours PC Wilby was required to undergo a breathalyser procedure on a handheld breathalyser. The reading was 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.The legal limit for driving a motor vehicle is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. It was alleged that PC Wilby drove to work at a time when, on a balance of probabilities, she would have been over the legal limit to drive and that she attended work and commenced her shift when she was unfit for duty. The charges were proved and the officer received a final written warning.

*Amendment to outcome for PC Julie Wilby* - The charge relating to the allegation that PC Wilby drove to work whilst she may have been over the legal limit to drive was dismissed by the Panel.  The further charge that PC Wilby attended work whilst unfit for duty was proved and the officer received a final written warning.

Jan 20 - Ex Special Constable Kamran Hussain attended a misconduct hearing for Honesty and Integrity, Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct. On 28th April 2019, whilst off duty, Ex-SC Hussain drove along Manchester Road in Huddersfield in a vehicle.  Whilst using that vehicle he inappropriately fitted flashing blue lights in the windscreen.  Ex-SC Hussain then used these blue lights to stop another road user and identified himself as a police officer.  The police were called and ex-SC Hussain was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. Once it was established that he was in fact a serving special constable, ex-SC Hussain was further arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. On 9th September 2019, ex-SC Hussain pleaded guilty to using a vehicle on a road fitted with a blue warning beacon/special warning lamp/device resembling and received a fine of £119, £85 court costs and a £30 surcharge to fund victim services.The charges were proved and the officer would have been dismissed from the Force had he still been serving. 

Jan 20 - PC Dean Wolstencroft attended a conduct hearing for Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy. PC Wolstencroft was alleged to have assaulted his former partner at their home address on multiple occasions during their relationship. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

July 20 - Former PC 3307 Christopher Atkinson attended a misconduct hearing for Honesty & Integrity, Duties & Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct. It was alleged that PC 3307 Atkinson failed to deal with a Community Resolution in accordance with the procedure, falsified the signature of the complainant on a Community Resolution Form. It was also alleged that he failed to deal with a complaint of fraud made by the same complainant and did not attend a planned appointment with the complainant. He further failed to submit a report to Action Fraud , after informing the complainant that he would do this on her behalf. The charges were proved and the officer would have been dismissed had he still been serving with the Force.

Aug 20 - PC 4182 Darren Booth attended a misconduct hearing for allegedly breaching the Standards of Professional Standards in relation to Authority, Respect & Courtesy and  Discreditable Conduct. Whilst on duty with a colleague, PC Booth attended an incident of anti-social disorder. On arrival two of the females involved, Miss A and Miss B, were identified and spoken to. It is alleged that whilst speaking with Miss A, PC Booth made inappropriate sexual comments, propositioned her for sex, suggested that Miss A should get at third person involved so that he could have a threesome and that this could be a regular thing, arranged to meet her after his shift that evening at hours at Glasshoughton WMC. Miss A subsequently telephoned West Yorkshire Police and reported her conversation with PC Booth, the proposition that he had made and the arrangement to meet that evening. She requested that the police attend her address whilst PC Booth was present that evening. PC Booth finished his shift and drove to Glasshoughton WMC and met with Miss A as arranged.  He then went her home address where it is alleged that he made further inappropriate sexual comments and asked Miss A for a kiss. Pursuant to Miss As earlier telephone call, Police Officers attended the address shortly afterwards, escorted PC Booth out of the property. The charges were proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.

Sept 20 - Former PC 2895 Asad Hussain was taken to a misconduct hearing for breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct (he did not attend). It is alleged that at 00:54 on 22 May 2019 PC Hussain was driving a police vehicle which collided with street furniture at a McDonalds restaurant and caused substantial damage to the vehicle. He was fully aware both of the fact of the incident and of the nature and extent of the damage caused. PC Hussain told a PS about the vehicle damage later that day.  He falsely stated that he was unaware of how, when or where the damage had occurred. PC Hussain subsequently submitted a police vehicle accident form which dishonestly misrepresented the facts of the incident. It is further alleged that on 22nd October 2019, whilst off duty, PC Hussain drove a motor vehicle, knowing that no valid insurance cover was in place. When stopped by two PC's, PC Hussain falsely asserted that he had insurance cover and produced an insurance certificate which he knew had been cancelled. At 10.15 a.m. that same date PC Hussain contacted Elephant Insurance and falsely stated that he was unaware of the cancellation of his  insurance.  In the same telephone conversation he was quoted a premium of £3,875.20 to re-insure his vehicle. At 12.37 p.m. on the same date PC Hussain telephoned Admiral Insurance, purporting to be his father, and secured insurance cover at a premium of £959.47. On 20th January 2020 PC Hussain accepted a conditional caution for fraud by false representation.  This related to the insurance cover secured from Admiral Insurance. On 25th February 2020 PC Hussain was convicted for the offences of driving without insurance and driving without an MOT and were ordered to pay a total of £516 in respect of fines and costs and also received an 8 point endorsement on his driving licence. The charges were proved and the officer would have been dismissed had he still been serving with the Force.

Oct 20 - PC 3605 James Fridlington attended a Misconduct Hearing for Fitness for Duty and Discreditable Conduct. It is alleged that on 16th July 2019, whilst off duty, PC Fridlington attended Revolution Bar, Call Lane, Leeds. He was due on duty at 0700 hrs on the 17th July 2019. It is alleged that a door supervisor noticed that the officer was unsteady on his feet and so asked him to leave, however the officer refused. He was then escorted from the premises and as this occurred he used racially derogatory language towards the door supervisor and identified himself as a police officer. The officer returned to the venue and was asked to leave again and used offensive language towards staff at the venue. A door supervisor attempted to forcibly remove the officer from the premises, during which PC Fridlington punched the door supervisor to the left side of his face causing reddening. PC Fridlington was detained at the scene and an allegation of assault was reported to police. Upon police arrival, PC Fridlington was abusive tows officers, refused to comply with instructions and was then arrested for an offence of Section 39 assault and a racially aggravated public order offence. Upon arrival at custody, PC Fridlington repeatedly referred to the door supervisor in offensive terms. At 09.29 hrs on 17th July 2019 PC Fridlington was subject of a breath test and provided a reading of 50 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. There is a presumption that a person is unfit for work if they have more than 13 milligrams of alcohol per 10 millilitres of breath.

Allegations 1,3 and 5 as below were proven and the officer received a final written warning :

1, You used abusive/ insulting language towards officers and staff at the Revolution bar.

2, You used racially abusive/ insulting language towards a door supervisor.

3, You unlawfully resisted arrest.

4, You assaulted a door supervisor.

5, You consumed a significant amount of alcohol during the night of 16 July 2019, knowing that you would be on duty at 0700 hours on 17 July 2019 and that you would not be fit for duty.

 

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes 2021

Jan 21 - PC 3488 Stuart HODSON attended at a misconduct hearing for allegedly breaching the Standards of Professional Standards in relation to Use of Force, Orders & Instructions, Duties & Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct.

On 15 June 2019, whilst on duty, PC Hodson was the driver of a marked police van in the Castleford area, when a BMW came to his attention due to the manner of driving. PC Hodson activated his blue lights and the BMW initially stopped, however, on pulling the police van in front of the BMW, it made off.  Other officers in the police van broadcast a radio message that the BMW had failed to stop. The BMW subsequently crashed into a roundabout.  The male driver of the BMW got out of the vehicle and began to run away.  PC Hodson saw the male making off and drove the van closer to the male in order to get close to him so as to detain him on foot.  The front offside of the police van collided with the male causing him injuries.

It is alleged that PC Hodson conducted an unauthorised pursuit of the vehicle, knowing that the vehicle he was driving was not a pursuit vehicle, used force to detain the male driver that was not necessary and proportionate in all the circumstances and failed to act diligently in the exercise of his duties and responsibilities.

The charge in relation to use of force was not proceeded with, the remaining charges were proved as misconduct and the officer received a written warning.