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Southern Update w/c 28 October

By DPF Admin5th November 2013August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Southern Updates

Sussex Police Tasered-thief makes formal complaint to force

A shoplifter who was Tasered by Sussex Police while being arrested has put in a formal complaint against the force.

A video appearing to show an officer kicking Paul McClelland, who had been Tasered, was passed to the The Argus newspaper.

The incident happened in Western Road, Brighton, on 5 July.

Sussex Police confirmed the complaint had been lodged and it would be investigated by its Professional Standards Department.

McClelland pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer, common assault and theft, at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 5 September.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had previously considered the case before passing it back to the force.

Sussex Police's Professional Standards Department then carried out an investigation and found no evidence of misconduct.


Suffolk: Police officer faced inquiry over ‘tweet’ about ex-chief constable

A Suffolk police sergeant was the subject of a disciplinary investigation after ‘tweeting’ a rude message about former chief constable Simon Ash’s retirement.

According to Suffolk Constabulary the unnamed officer was one of five over the past two years to have allegations recorded against them relating to the misuse of social media.

The sergeant was subject to informal management action as a result of an internal inquiry.

A summary of the case states that he “posted a discourteous messaged on Twitter regarding the retirement of a senior officer”.

Although the senior officer’s name is not mentioned in a reply to a Freedom of Information request it is understood to have been Mr Ash, who retired in February this year after nearly six years at the helm.

He had guided Suffolk Constabulary during a time of turmoil when it was besieged by financial cuts that meant savings of around £18million had to be found over four years.

Mr Ash had to make several difficult decisions which did not always go down well with officers or civilian staff.

These included a temporary freeze on recruitment and promotions, as well as progressing the collaboration of services with Norfolk Constabulary.

However, possibly the most contentious decision was the implementation of A19, a deeply unpopular regulation allowing compulsory retirement of officers after 30 years’ service.

Of the four other officers involved in misuse of social media, another was former sergeant Pani Monk who was dismissed from the force after being convicted of harassment of his ex-partner who was also a police officer.

It was said during 2012/13 he accessed her private Facebook account.

Two constables resigned following the professional standards and complaints department being involved. One posted derogatory comments on Facebook in relation to a colleague’s photograph. The other posted inappropriate comments about a neighbour on Facebook.

The fifth officer, a constable, was involved in a misconduct meeting and was given management advice after posting a Facebook notice which was offensive to a colleague.

Supt Neil Luckett Head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Professional Standards Department said:: “Suffolk Constabulary has a digital and social media policy in place which staff and officers are made aware of and is available for all to see on the constabulary intranet.

“Within the policy when using private social media sites, staff and officers are advised not to make any comment or post any images of behaviour which are, or could reasonably be perceived to be, beliefs or conduct that are contrary to the expectations of behaviour outlined in the standards of professional behaviour.

“The policy also outlines that officers and staff are advised not to make adverse comment regarding their police force, colleagues or senior managers or the police service in general on the internet or social media and are advised to make use of internal facilities to vent any such comments.”


Eight Thames Valley Police officers served with notices in connection with fatal road traffic collision in Reading

Eight officers from Thames Valley Police (TVP) and a member of civilian staff have been served with misconduct notices as part of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) investigation into a fatal road traffic collision in which Matthew Seddon died.

Mr Seddon, 19, of Wensley Road, Reading, died after the red Ford Fiesta he was driving collided with the central reservation of the A33 on Monday, 11 February. His car was being pursued by TVP vehicles at the time of the collision. He was thrown into the road and hit by one of the pursuing TVP vehicles.

The IPCC passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in connection with one officer in relation to the criminal offence of careless driving. The CPS notified the IPCC that they will take no further action in connection with this. On Wednesday, 9 October the final misconduct notice was served on officers all of whom are below ACPO rank in connection with their actions on 11 February. Interviews are due to take place at a later stage.

Commissioner Derrick Campbell said:

“As the new Commissioner with responsibility for this investigation I need to be confident we have thoroughly investigated the actions of those involved to fully understand the circumstances surrounding Matthew’s death.

“During the course of this investigation it has become necessary to serve misconduct notices on eight officers and a member of police staff as there is an indication they may have behaved in a manner which would justify bringing disciplinary proceedings.

“We continue to keep Matthew’s family informed of developments in this investigation and we are building up a picture of the events leading up to the collision. I would like to assure Matthew’s family our investigation is painstakingly piecing together information which I hope will provide the answers they seek and deserve.”


Funeral of Graham Ford

The funeral service of former Southern Area committee member Graham FORD took place at  Porchester crematorium yesterday 4 November 13, the service was attended by the JBB Secretary and Chairman of the Retired Officers Association.

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