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West Mercia Police officer dismissed for falsifying training records

Following a public misconduct hearing that concluded on Wednesday 12 July 2017, a West Mercia Police officer has been dismissed with immediate effect for falsifying training records.

PC 2549 Stuart Harris, aged 45, had completed nearly four years' service as a firearms officer with West Mercia Police based at Hindlip in Worcestershire following a transfer from West Midlands Police.

The hearing was conducted at Leek Wootton in Warwickshire by Harry Ireland, an independent, legally qualified chair, and followed an investigation by the Professional Standards Department of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police that was initiated after an allegation was received anonymously via Crimestoppers.

The Panel found that the officer had breached the high standards of behaviour expected by completing training records claiming he had undergone training on two dates last year.

Superintendent Helena Bennett, Head of Professional Standards, said: "Although the officer had completed his initial training, these continual training sessions are essential for our officers to ensure they are fully competent and up to date with the latest regulations.

"The Panel found that PC Harris' actions amounted to Gross Misconduct and breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in the area of Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions and Duties and Responsibilities. It is for this reason he was dismissed from West Mercia Police without notice."

The outcome of the misconduct hearing is subject to the normal appeals process.

The outcomes of misconduct proceedings are published quarterly on our website. To view them, please follow this link:

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/12113/How-we-manage-improper-behaviour---Forthcoming-public-misconduct-hearings

Published 13/07/17