Metropolitan Police Service
Empress State Building, Lillie Rd, London
The hearing is to be held in public.
Sergeant Dru Hussey of Metropolitan Police Service
Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached
- Authority, respect and courtesy
- Use of force
- Orders and instructions
- Duties and responsibilities
Circumstances of Alleged Breaches
It is alleged that on 9 May 2020 at Lewisham Police Station the officer:
Authorised, participated in, and had ultimate responsibility for, a strip search of Person A which did not comply with Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (“PACE”) without adequate reason or justification. It is alleged that the officer did not: verify the grounds for the strip search; ascertain Person A’s identity or communicate with them; ensure Person A was informed of the fact they were to be strip searched or the reasons and method; ensure male officers were not present; make adequate effort to secure cooperation; minimise embarrassment or have proper regard to dignity, sensitivity and vulnerability. It is alleged the officer allowed the strip search in a CCTV cell and did not inform Person A. Contrary to the standards of professional behaviour ‘Authority, Respect & Courtesy’; ‘Orders & Instructions’; and ‘Duties & Responsibilities.
Failed to make an adequate entry on the Custody Record relating to the strip search. Contrary to the standards of professional behaviour ‘Orders & Instructions’; and ‘Duties & Responsibilities.
It is alleged that on 9 May 2020 during the detention of Person A the officer:
Used excessive force by striking Person A six times. Contrary to the standard of professional behaviour ‘Use of Force’.
In a CCTV cell at Lewisham Police Station, participated in a strip search of Person A which did not comply with Code C of PACE. It is alleged that the officer did not: inform Person A that they were to be strip searched or provide reasons; conduct the strip search with proper regard to Person A’s dignity, sensitivity and vulnerability; make adequate effort to secure cooperation, maintain dignity and minimise embarrassment. It is alleged the officer proceeded with the strip search, including using scissors to cut off Person A’s clothing, whilst male officers were present. Contrary to the standard of professional behaviour ‘Orders & Instructions’.
Subjected Person A to disrespectful, discourteous and degrading treatment throughout her interaction, including during transfer to police custody and at Lewisham Police Station. Contrary to the standard of professional behaviour ‘Authority, Respect & Courtesy’.
Metropolitan Police Service
- Stats since 1st January 2022
95 Misconduct Hearings
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