PC Paul Summerson, Former officer PS Paul Gibb and Former PS Richard Lappin

Metropolitan Police Service

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Officer(s)

Constable (PC) Paul Summerson of Metropolitan Police Service View officer

Sergeant Paul Gibb of Metropolitan Police Service View officer

Sergeant Richard Lappin of Metropolitan Police Service View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Orders and instructions
  • Duties and responsibilities

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

PC Paul Summerson

On 9 January 2016 PC Summerson became involved in the pursuit of a motorcycle in Hackney. PC Summerson is alleged to have:

  1. Asked to be assigned to the incident when not qualified to pursue motorcycles.
  2. Commenced a pursuit of a motorcycle when not qualified to do so.
  3. Failed to seek authority to continue the pursuit.
  4. Continued with the pursuit in the absence of authority to continue.
  5. Failed to inform the control room that the motorcycle rode on the pavement on two occasions and that accordingly, the level of risk had increased.
  6. Continued with the pursuit after the motorcycle had mounted the pavement.
  7. Continued with the pursuit after the motorcycle had ridden on the wrong side of the road.
  8. Followed the motorcycle on the wrong side of the road when it was unsafe to do so.
  9. Drove too close to the motorcycle, putting pressure on the rider and reducing the time available for PC Summerson to react.
  10. Failed to terminate the pursuit before it ended in a collision.

As a result, the manner in which PC Summerson conducted the pursuit is alleged to be in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of:

  • Orders and Instructions
  • Duties and Responsibilities

Former PS Paul Gibb

On 9 January 2016 former PS Paul Gibb became involved in the pursuit of a motorcycle in Hackney. Former PS Gibb is alleged to have:

  1. Joined the pursuit of the motorcycle when not qualified to do so.
  2. Failed to seek authority to join or continue with the pursuit.
  3. Continued with the pursuit in the absence of authority to continue.
  4. Failed to terminate the pursuit before it ended in a collision.

As a result, the manner in which former PS Gibb conducted the pursuit is alleged to be in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of:

  • Orders and Instructions
  • Duties and Responsibilities

Former PS Richard Lappin

On 9 January 2016 PS Lappin was on duty as the control room supervisor with overall responsibility of monitoring and managing police pursuits. Former PS Lappin is alleged to have:

  1. Been unaware of the level of training officers required in order to pursue motorcycles because he had failed to familiarise himself with the updated Standard Operating Procedure.
  2. Failed to terminate the pursuit of a motorcycle being under taken by police drivers who were not appropriately qualified.
  3. Failed to confirm the level of training of the police drivers conducting the pursuit.
  4. Failed to properly monitor and manage the level of risk during the pursuit.
  5. Failed to discontinue the pursuit when communications were poor and information was unclear.

Outcome

Tue 31st May 2022


Sanction: Allegations Not Proven

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Metropolitan Police Service
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