Po­lice con­sta­ble sacked for ‘bul­ly­ing’ mo­torist

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer was sacked from Thames Val­ley Po­lice on Fri­day June 9 af­ter “bul­ly­ing” a woman when she was parked on pri­vate land.

PC Neil Be­van, based in Amer­sham, was dis­missed with­out no­tice af­ter a mis­con­duct hear­ing found he had breached the Stan­dards of Pro­fes­sional Be­hav­iour.

On Au­gust 11 2016, PC Be­van stopped a mem­ber of the pub­lic in her ve­hi­cle while it was on pri­vate land and “threat­ened to seize the ve­hi­cle”.

He took the woman’s keys and in­structed an­other of­fi­cer to move the ve­hi­cle while he is­sued the woman with a traf­fic of­fence re­port.

The panel, held at Thames Val­ley Po­lice’s head­quar­ters in Kidling­ton, found that PC Be­van did not con­sider whether he had a proper ba­sis for do­ing so and he did not ex­plain to the driver his rea­sons ei­ther.

He gave the im­pres­sion he would re­port her to the DVLA and/or take fur­ther reg­u­la­tory ac­tion against her and did not in­form her when he changed his mind.

On top of this, it was proved that his man­ner when in­ter­act­ing with the woman was “abrupt, rude, bul­ly­ing and/or lack­ing in re­spect and cour­tesy”.

The of­fi­cer was dis­missed af­ter he was found to have breached the Stan­dards of Pro­fes­sional Be­hav­iour and the Sched­ule to the Po­lice (Con­duct) Reg­u­la­tions 2012 in re­la­tion to Au­thor­ity, Re­spect, and Cour­tesy.

Fol­low­ing the hear­ing, Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble John Camp­bell said the be­hav­iour of PC Be­van “fell far be­low” the stan­dards ex­pected of of­fi­cers.

He said: “We ex­pect all of our of­fi­cers to up­hold high stan­dards of be­hav­iour and to treat the pub­lic with re­spect at all times, and any al­le­ga­tions of be­hav­iour that do not meet those stan­dards are rig­or­ously in­ves­ti­gated.

“In this in­stance, PC Be­van’s ac­tions fell far be­low the stan­dards of what we, and most im­por­tantly the pub­lic, ex­pect of po­lice of­fi­cers.”

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