PC James Burke Outcome

Outcome published Tue 28th Jun 2022, 37 working days after the hearing ended

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Officer

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.)


Allegations Proven

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

Sanction: Resigned

Summary

On Monday 9th May 2022 former PC James Burke was subject to a Misconduct Hearing at the PSD offices 10 Toft Green, York regarding allegations relating to a breach of the Professional Standards as in Equality & Diversity, Honesty & Integrity, Authority, Respect & Courtesy, Duties & Responsibilities, and Use of Force.

Former PC Burke had resigned prior to the hearing and did not attend.

The allegations were:

In December 2020 the officer knowingly made false, misleading, or inaccurate statements during a reflective practice meeting
After joining British Transport Police in April 2020 the officer knowingly made false, misleading, or inaccurate statements regarding his level of driver training achieved with another force
In April 2021 the officer failed to treat a vulnerable male experiencing a mental health crisis with respect and courtesy and engaged in unwanted conduct towards the male
In February 2021 the officer used PAVA incapacitant spray against a vulnerable female at close range when this was neither necessary, proportionate, or reasonable and failed to provide the necessary aftercare
In March 2021 the officer used PAVA incapacitant spray against a vulnerable male at close range when this was neither necessary, proportionate, or reasonable and failed to provide the necessary aftercare
The Panel found the allegations of Honesty and Integrity, Authority, Respect and Courtesy, and Duties and Responsibilities were proven and the acts cumulatively amounted to Gross Misconduct.

The Panel found the allegation of unnecessary Use of Force on the vulnerable female was not proven, however the fact the officer did not provide sufficient aftercare would have been Misconduct if dealt with in isolation.

The Panel found the allegation of breaching the standard of Equality and Diversity was not proven.

The Panel concluded that, had the officer still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed without notice.

Documents

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


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