Former Officer Benjamin Sweeney Accelerated Misconduct Hearing Outcome

Outcome published Tue 15th Feb 2022, 19 working days after the hearing ended

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Officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Conduct

Allegations Proven

  • Conduct

Sanction: Resigned

Summary

A Gross Misconduct Hearing took place on 20th January 2022, concerning the conduct of a former West Yorkshire Police Constable.

It was alleged that he conducted himself in a manner that constitutes a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Discreditable Conduct during the following incident where:

On 28th May 2021 the officer was the driver of an Audi A4 motor vehicle, which was involved in a road traffic collision on Oldham Road, Ripponden. The Audi A4 left the road having collided with a wall, resulting in the vehicle falling approximately 20-30 feet before coming to rest on its roof. Following the collision the officer was subject to a roadside breath test which indicated that he had 63 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35 milligrams in 100 millilitres of breath.

Due to the nature of the incident, he was transported to the hospital where a sample of blood was taken for analysis to provide an evidential reading, this was examined and contained 108 milligrams of alcohol within 100 millilitres of blood. This being over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

On 22nd July 2021, the officer attended Leeds Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty and was convicted of Driving a Motor Vehicle whilst Over the Prescribed Limit, and was sentenced in relation to the same.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the charges against the officer were proved, and the outcome was that he would have been dismissed had he still been serving with the Force.

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