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Misconduct outcomes

View details of recent misconduct outcomes:

PC Lee Umpleby

4 June 2024

A misconduct hearing has been held for PC Lee Umpleby, led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair.

The hearing finished on Tuesday 4 June, with the panel concluding he had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Duties and Responsibilities, but this breach amounted to a training and management issue and was not gross misconduct or misconduct.

 

Full panel decision report for PC Lee Umpleby (PDF)

PC Ross Knox

17 May 2024

A police officer who engaged in sexual activity with a vulnerable woman he met online has been barred from policing.

At an accelerated misconduct hearing, Chief Constable Sarah Crew found PC Ross Knox had committed gross misconduct and he was dismissed.

He will also be placed on a barred list preventing him from working in policing or other law enforcement agencies again.

Following the hearing, we issued this statement

Hearing outcome report for PC Ross Knox (PDF)

PCs James Stone and Daniel Sweet

13 May 2024

Two police officers were found to have breached standards of professional behaviour amounting to gross misconduct after a hearing led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair.

PCs James Stone and Daniel Sweet failed to take action to record and investigate a serious offence against a vulnerable woman. They also failed to respond in a timely and professional way to requests from colleagues.

They were both dismissed without notice.

Following the hearing we issued a statement on our website, which can be found via this link

Decision report for PCs James Stone and Daniel Sweet (PDF)

Former DCs Simon Jones and Robert Corry

5 April 2024

A former officer who committed gross misconduct by sending WhatsApp messages implying colleagues late to a briefing would be treated differently because they were of Black heritage would have been dismissed if he was still in post, a misconduct panel concluded.

DC Simon Jones will now be barred from holding any position in policing or other law enforcement agencies.

A second former officer, DC Robert Corry, who failed to challenge the messages, was found to have committed misconduct.

The hearing was in front of a panel, led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair.

Following the hearing, we issued this statement

Full outcome report for former officers DC Simon Jones and Robert Corry (PDF)

Former PC Alexander Alderson

26 March 2024

A former officer who engaged in sexual activity with a vulnerable woman he met online has been barred from policing.

At an accelerated misconduct hearing, Chief Constable Sarah Crew found Alexander Alderson had committed gross misconduct and would have been dismissed if he hadn’t already resigned.

He will also be placed on a barred list preventing him from working in policing or other law enforcement agencies again.

Following the hearing, we issued this statement

Full outcome report for Alexander Alderson (PDF)

Apology to bereaved family after the death of Bertram Crawford

9 November 2022

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, Sarah Crew, has issued an unreserved apology to a bereaved family after accepting the findings of a review into officers’ handling of the investigation into their son’s death in Bristol.

An inquest found that university student Bertram Crawford, 19, took his life on 17 November 2018, after spending the evening at his friends’ student accommodation.

The Coroner heard that the group had been drinking and that Mr Crawford was pushed from the property after becoming upset that his eyebrow had been partly shaved.

The family’s concern about these incidents led to a review by senior detectives, resulting in a file being passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The CPS found that a six-month limitation on charges of common assault had been exceeded and did not authorise any other charges.

The complaint was then referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The IOPC found the matter was suitable for local investigation, however to assure the family of a full and independent investigation CC Crew asked Devon and Cornwall Police to carry this out.

This report identified several instances where our service was not acceptable, and we have accepted and are addressing those failings.

The report particularly identified significant deficiencies in the service offered to the family in the following months, including a lack of progress updates.

It further included a recommendation that the allocation of unexplained death investigations be reviewed. The Chief Constable has commissioned a working group to review the circumstances in which an investigative officer with experience of serious and complex enquiries should be appointed to in cases of sudden death.

While one officer involved that evening has since retired, two others have completed a reflective practice improvement process with the Head of Professional Standards.

CC Crew wrote to the family after reviewing the independent report and has since met with them to offer her apologies in person. The letter is attached to this page.

CPS statement

On 28/09/20 a file was submitted by Avon and Somerset Constabulary to The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision which detailed an incident on 17/11/2018 where the following acts were said to have taken place:

a) Bertie was held down on a bed

b) a cigarette lighter was held to Bertie’s face

c) Bertie’s eyebrow was shaved

d) Bertie was pushed out of the dwelling property

e) Harassment with and without fear of violence towards Bertie

On 24/11/20 The Crown Prosecution Service provided their charging advice. Having considered the evidence the CPS concluded that the act of shaving Bertie’s eyebrow did amount to a common assault, but that the assault did not reach the threshold for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm. They concluded that as the six-month time limitation for prosecution of a summary offence had expired, they could not authorise a charge of common assault.

The CPS concluded that evidentially no other offences were made out.

This decision by the CPS was challenged by the family of Bertie who requested a review under the Victims’ Right to Review (VRR) Scheme. This review was carried out by the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West. The review upheld the original decision that an assault had taken place but as the file was submitted after the six month time limitation charges were unable to be authorised.

Apology letter from CC Sarah Crew to Mr and Mrs Crawford (PDF)

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