PC Neil Giffard Hearing Outcome Misconduct Hearing Outcome

Outcome published Mon 5th Sep 2022, 4 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

Finding by  T/Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson

I have had the benefit of the papers in advance of today and have read them carefully. I have listened
to the case presented by the Appropriate Authority. I have carefully considered the documentary
evidence provided to me, including:
• The investigator’s report and accompanying evidence, including the record of former PC
Giffard’s conviction at court for possession of a class A drug.
• The bundle of papers submitted on behalf of former PC Giffard which accompanied his
Regulation 54 response.
I have also reviewed former PC Giffard’s response under Regulation 54.
Former PC Giffard has admitted that his actions amount to a breach of the Standards of Professional
Behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct and that the breach amounts to gross misconduct.
The facts of this case are clear. On 5th April 2022, plain clothes police officers were on patrol in the
Waterloo area when they observed an exchange take place between a man standing on the street
(who was later identified as former PC Giffard) and a moped rider. Suspecting that a drug deal may
have taken place and that former PC Giffard may have purchased something from the moped rider,
officers approached former PC Giffard to speak with him. They identified themselves as police officers,
however former PC Giffard continued to walk away from them. On being told that he was being
detained for a search, former PC Giffard began to run away into Waterloo station. He was caught by
officers and continued to resist before being restrained. He was found in possession of what was later
confirmed to be methylamphetamine hydrochloride, a class A drug, and arrested. He was later
charged via postal recognition.
On 7th June 2022 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court, former PC Giffard pleaded guilty to possession of a
class A drug and was sentenced accordingly.
Behaving in this way, that is by being found in possession of controlled drugs and being convicted for
the offence at court, discredits the police service and undermines confidence in it. In doing so, I agree
with former PC Giffard that he has breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of:
• Discreditable Conduct
I have reminded myself that gross misconduct is a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour
so serious that dismissal would be justified. Let me explain that – it doesn’t mean that dismissal will
follow, but it does mean that the behaviour is such that it is right for dismissal to be considered and if
dismissal were the outcome it would be justified.
Former PC Giffard has admitted that his behaviour amounts to gross misconduct. Applying that
definition, I agree with him and find the matter proven as gross misconduct.

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