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Police Constable given final written warning after misconduct hearing

News   •   Mar 15, 2019 11:22 GMT

A Police Constable has been given a final written warning after it was proven at a misconduct hearing that he used disproportionate force to arrest a man.

PC Lewis Simmons and PC Adrian Woodbridge, who are based at SCO20 Taskforce, appeared at a misconduct hearing on 4 March to answer allegations their conduct on 26 June 2017 amounted to a breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour, in respect of:

Duties and Responsibilities
Use of Force
Discreditable Conduct

It was alleged that on the 26 June 2017 PC Simmons and PC Woodbridge were involved in a road traffic stop of a vehicle.

PC Simmons arrested the driver for obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty. During the course of arresting the driver, PC Simmons used force to remove the driver from the vehicle. Following a public complaint, the matter was investigated and PC Simmons was subsequently convicted of assaulting the driver.

During the vehicle stop, PC Woodbridge reached in to the vehicle and attempted to remove the car keys from the ignition, when it was apparent the driver did not wish him to do so. During the course of the arrest, PC Woodbridge detained the driver by force.

It was alleged that in doing so former PC Simmons and PC Woodbridge breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of 'duties and responsibilities, use of force and discreditable conduct.'

The Panel at the misconduct hearing, chaired by Ms Victoria Goodfellow, found that PC Simmons had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of duties and responsibilities, use of force and discreditable conduct.
PC Simmons was given a final written warning.

The panel found that PC Woodbridge had not breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of duties and responsibilities, use of force and discreditable conduct.