A misconduct hearing for two officers attached to the South Area Command Unit has concluded.
The hearing, which concluded on Thursday, 3 October, found that the actions of PC Michael Silverthorne breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to Duties and Responsibilities and Authority, Respect and Courtesy at the level of Gross misconduct. The standard of Challenging and reporting Improper conduct was found not proven.
The actions of PC Stephen Tanner were found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to Duties and Responsibilities, Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Challenging and reporting Improper conduct at the level of misconduct.
It was alleged that the officers attended the home address of a victim to report a crime and did not treat the victim with respect and compassion, giving the impression that they did not believe the allegation. They both then allegedly told colleagues that the victim did not wish to engage with police.
The decision of sanction by the Chair and Panel was that PC Silverthorne received a Final written warning and PC Tanner received a written warning.