PC James Burke

British Transport Police

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Constable (PC) James Burke of British Transport Police View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached (No further information has been provided by the force about the alleged Standards of professional behavior which were breached.)

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

It is alleged that in 2020, PC James Burke knowingly made false, misleading or inaccurate statements to his Chief Inspector in a reflective practice meeting regarding internet messages he sent concerning a serving firefighter.

It is alleged that upon joining the British Transport Police in April 2020, PC Burke knowingly made false, misleading or inaccurate statements to his colleagues regarding his previous service and driving qualifications as a Special Constable in West Yorkshire Police.

On 13 April 2021, PC Burke had responsibility for a suicidal male at Calderdale hospital. It is alleged whilst the male was in his care, former PC Burke failed to treat the male with respect and courtesy by refusing his request to sleep on the sofa and trying to wake and/or disturb him by playing loud videos and acting nosily.

On 1 February 2021, PC Burke dealt with a female member of the public at Leeds Railway Station in relation to breaches of the Covid regulations, during an ensuing struggle with the female, PC James Burke discharged captor spray into the females face at close range when this was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable, he also failed to provide the required aftercare.

On Monday 1 March 2021, at Leeds railway station PC James Burke assisted his colleagues in dealing with a drunk male. The male became aggressive and PC Burke used captor spray on the male when he was already restrained on the floor and/used captor spray on the male at close range when this was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable. He also failed to provide any or any adequate aftercare to the male after you sprayed him with captor spray and/or placed a spit guard over his head

PC Burke has resigned from the British Transport Police Service. His last day being the 25th April 2022. The allegations cumulatively amount to gross misconduct and if proven would justify former officer PC Burkes dismissal had he still have been a serving officer.


Tue 28th Jun 2022

Allegations Proven

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Duties and responsibilities

Sanction: Resigned

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British Transport Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 12 Misconduct Hearings
    92% held in public

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