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Former officer placed on barred list following special case hearing

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A former police officer who was jailed for assaulting a 15-year-old boy has been placed on a national barred list preventing him from working in policing again following a special case hearing held today.

Former officer Adam Kitchener, aged 36, was jailed for 14 weeks at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 22 October after admitting assaulting the boy during an arrest in Marsh Street, Bristol, in the early hours of 31 March.

The assault came to light following an internal complaint made by a colleague who witnessed the assault and a further complaint from the boy’s family.

Although regulations allow an officer to resign while under investigation for gross misconduct, the misconduct process still continues.

Today’s special case hearing, held at Police HQ, was chaired by Chief Constable Andy Marsh who concluded the allegations of gross misconduct were proven. The former officer would have been dismissed if he hadn’t previously resigned.

As a result of this outcome, he’ll be placed on the National College of Policing’s Barred List preventing him from working within policing and certain law enforcement bodies.

At the hearing Chief Constable Marsh said: “His criminal conduct leading to his conviction is entirely without justification and colleagues present on the night were “upset and disgusted” by what they had seen. To assault anyone under such circumstances is incompatible with the values of the Force, the Police’s Code of Conduct and as District Judge Matthews concluded upon sentencing was also disrespectful of the attestation Mr Kitchener undertook when he became a police officer. This offence is aggravated by the age of the victim who was only 15 at the time of the incident.

“In order to deliver effective policing services our communities need to have the highest levels of confidence in the officers and staff providing these services. Had Mr Kitchener still been serving I would have dismissed him today in order to maintain this confidence.”

The full outcome of today’s hearing can be found here.