Chief Superintendent Marc Budden, Chief Superintendent Mark Warrender and Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth. Misconduct Hearing

North Wales Police

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Officer(s)

Chief Superintendent Mark Warrender of North Wales Police

Chief Superintendent Marc Budden of North Wales Police

Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth. of North Wales Police

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Conduct
  • Challenging and reporting improper conduct

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

The three officers named above face allegations of gross misconduct, which are denied.
The Appropriate Authority (AA) alleges breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in nine categories, broken down for ease of reference:
i. Inappropriate conversation with a more junior member of police staff at a police social event (all three officers)

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Equality and Diversity; and / or Authority, Respect and Courtesy; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

ii. Failing to challenge and report the improper behaviour of the others who were engaging in the conversation set out above (all three officers).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Failure to Challenge and Report improper conduct; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

iii. Inappropriate touching (Chief Superintendent Warrender only).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Equality and Diversity; and / or Authority, Respect and Courtesy; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

iv. Failing to challenge or report the conduct of Chief Superintendent Warrender as set out at (iii) above (Chief Superintendent Budden).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Failure to Challenge and Report improper conduct; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

v. Failing to disclose relevant evidence and or a conflict of interest in relation to (iii) above (Marc Budden only).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Duties and Responsibilities; and / or Orders and Instructions; and / or Honesty and Integrity; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

vi. Attempting to improperly influence the misconduct and criminal investigation into (iii) above (Marc Budden only).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Duties and Responsibilities; and / or Honesty and Integrity; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

vii. Inappropriately disclosing information in relation to the misconduct and criminal investigation into (iii) above to the victim (Marc Budden only).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Confidentiality; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

viii. Providing various dishonest accounts about his conduct (Marc Budden only).

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating Honesty and Integrity.

ix. Engaging in inappropriate behaviour whilst on duty (Marc Budden only)

In breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Authority, Respect and Courtesy; and / or Discreditable Conduct.

The misconduct hearing will be held in private. A private hearing is necessary:

i. by reason of the law relating to anonymity of complainants following allegations of a sexual offence,

ii. in furtherance of the public interest in encouraging reporting of alleged wrongdoing.

iii. to protect the Article 8 rights of witnesses at the hearing and their families, including those of the officers concerned.

A private hearing would not prevent a notice being published pursuant to Regulation 27A which could identify (a) the officers subject to hearing; (b) the professional standards alleged to have been breached; and (c) that it is alleged that the breaches are said to be so serious as to amount to gross misconduct.

Outcome

Thu 8th Sep 2022

Allegations Proven

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Conduct
  • Challenging and reporting improper conduct

Sanction: Dismissal Without Notice

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North Wales Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 6 Misconduct Hearings
    67% held in public

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