21st March 2019

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published details about a Police misconduct hearing which took place on 15 March 2019.  A Northamptonshire Police Officer was found guilty of gross misconduct (a disciplinary matter for which an Officer can be dismissed from the Force) after it was found he used excessive force and abusive language towards suspects.

The IOPC investigated the allegations, which came to light having been reported by the Officer’s colleagues.  P.C. Foster had used an untrained headlock on a detainee when other Officers felt the situation had already been under control.  P.C. Foster also lifted a suspect who was handcuffed to the rear and dragged him several yards across a road surface on his face.

The case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided not to bring any criminal charges against the Officer.  The Police disciplinary hearing however decided there had been gross misconduct and P.C. Nathaniel Foster received a final written warning.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner