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Serving officer dismissed without notice

News   •   Sep 26, 2019 19:00 BST

A constable has been dismissed without notice following his conviction for common assault. 

A special case hearing was held on Thursday, 26 September for PC Ryan Higson, based at the Met’s South West Command Unit, to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct.

On 23 September 2018, PC Higson was on duty and attended a nightclub in Kingston following a report of a disturbance. 

While at the location, he became involved in an altercation with a member of the public.

On 14 May 2019, PC Higson appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court charged with common assault. The court found he had used unnecessary and unreasonable force and he was convicted. 

He was sentenced to a community order, namely 90 hours unpaid work requirement. He was also required to pay £100 compensation, £2,000 Crown Prosecution Service costs and £85 victim surcharge.

The special case hearing carefully considered all the available evidence and concluded that PC Higson had breached the standard of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct and that the breach amounted to gross misconduct.

He was dismissed without notice.