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

Outcome published Thu 8th Sep 2022, 111 working days after the hearing ended

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Officer

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

Allegations Proven

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

Sanction: Dismissal Without Notice

Summary

A misconduct hearing was heard at the headquarters of Avon and Somerset Police, on various dates between 07 April 2022 and 06 September 2022.

The police officers concerned were Chief Superintendent Marc Budden, Chief Superintendent Mark Warrender and Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth.

Mark Warrender retired from Gwent Police on 02 September 2022 and is therefore subject to the Former Officer Regulations.

The three officers faced allegations of gross misconduct. These were found proved by the panel and each was assessed as amounting to gross misconduct.

In relation to Chief Superintendent Budden and Chief Inspector Staniforth, both officers were dismissed without notice. In relation to former Chief Superintendent Warrender, the panel determined that he would have been dismissed without notice had he not ceased to be a police officer.

The officers’ names will be placed on the public Barred List held by the College of Policing pursuant to Part 4A of the Police Act 1996.

The following matters were found proved by the panel:

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, Authority, Respect and Courtesy and 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 Discreditable Conduct

iii. Inappropriate touching (Former Chief Superintendent Warrender only).

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

iv. Failing to disclose a conflict of interest in relation to (iii) above (Chief Superintendent Marc Budden only).

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

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

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

vi. Providing a dishonest account about his conduct (Chief Superintendent Marc Budden only).

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

vii. Engaging in inappropriate behaviour whilst on duty (Chief Superintendent Marc Budden only)

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

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