26th June 2018

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission) reported on 6 June 2018 that Durham Constabulary had agreed there was a case to answer for gross misconduct in relation to the force used during an arrest.

It is stated that a 43 year old man was arrested at a pub in Darlington on 8 November 2016. He later complained to the Police after he was treated for injuries suffered during the arrest. The IOPC investigated matters and examined CCTV footage. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against P.C. Daniel Reed who was an Acting Sergeant at the time of the incident. The criminal proceedings were heard at Sunderland Magistrates Court on 6 September 2017 and P.C. Reed was acquitted.

The IOPC recommended P.C. Reed faced disciplinary proceedings in relation to the force used against the man during the arrest. It is reported Durham Constabulary has agreed and it is also agreed that a former Police Sergeant Gary O’Neill, who was present when the incident happened, has a case to answer for breaching Police Standards of Professional Behaviour arising from the incident.

The disciplinary proceedings will take the form of a gross misconduct hearing which means the alleged breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour, if proved, are so serious that it could justify the Officer’s dismissal from the Force.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner and Police Misconduct Solicitor