Archie Payne Misconduct Hearing

Metropolitan Police Service

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Constable (PC) Archie Payne of Metropolitan Police Service View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Use of force
  • Conduct

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

On 5 January 2020 at approximately 2am, a member of the public approached on duty Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers, including former PC Archie Payne, to ask for assistance in escorting his friend past a group he feared might attack him. The officers did not assist the member of public.

A fight took place between two groups and police then intervened. During the incident, a member of the public received an injury to his head after being struck by a police baton – not that of former PC Payne.

During the aftermath of that incident, former PC Payne placed a different member of the public into a headlock and pushed him towards the wall and then on to the floor.

On 3 July 2020, former PC Payne was charged with Common Assault and on Friday 14 May 2021, he was found guilty of that offence.

Former PC Payne appealed his conviction, which was heard on the 16 and 17 June 2022 – the appeal was unsuccessful.

It is alleged that in acting in this way, former PC Payne breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘Discreditable Conduct’ and ‘Use of Force’.

Metropolitan Police Service
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 95 Misconduct Hearings
    86% held in public

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS / "the Met") is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the square mile of the City of London which is the responsibility of the City of London Police.

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