TIA Watson Misconduct Hearing Outcome

Tia Watson
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Outcome published Tue 16th Aug 2022, 32 working days after the hearing ended

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Officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

Allegations Proven

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

Sanction: Dismissal Without Notice

Summary

1. The officer was issued with a basic driving authority and at all material times she was aware that her authority to drive a marked police vehicle on duty was limited to that which applied to the ‘basic operational’ driving authority referred to in the Policy. She was aware that the ‘basic operational’ driving authority did not permit her to;
a. Drive with emergency blue lights illuminated and/or siren activated
b. Use exemptions to contravene road traffic laws and/or Highway Code
c. Exceed the speed limit
d. Disregard traffic signs
e. Follow or pursue any other vehicle, or
f. Stop compliant vehicles except when driving a marked police vehicle

2. On November 11, 2021 PC Watson was on duty driving a marked police Skoda Octavia vehicle and she was crewed with another officer. At around 18.11pm she received a request to attend a grade 1 response and in so doing she activated the emergency blue lights and contravened a red traffic light, before driving in excess of the applicable speed limit.

3. Following this incident PC Watson’s driving authority was removed by a Sergeant on November 12, 2021.

4. On November 18, 2021 PC Watson spoke with a Sergeant in the course of which she indicated that the information which had been used as the basis for the removal of her driving authority was a malicious allegation and/or untrue. She told the Sergeant that she only used blue lights to compliantly pull vehicles over and she had not used any lights or sirens to respond to incidents. The Sergeant queried this and PC Watson reiterated that she had only used lights in the course of a compliant stop.

5. The statements PC Watson made to the Sergeant about her use of emergency lights and sirens were false. The Sergeant sent PC Watson a summary of the conversation in the course of an email dated November 25, 2021. PC Watson did not respond or challenge the content of that email.
Particulars of Misconduct
1. PC Watson failed to follow reasonable instructions and/or was not diligent in the exercise of her duties and responsibilities in that her driving exceeded her basic driving authority and did not comply with the Policy.

2. PC Watson failed to be open and honest with a Sergeant when she told him that she did not use emergency blue lights and sirens other than to perform compliant stops and/or that the allegation that she had done otherwise was malicious.

3. The conduct overall tends to have an adverse effect on the reputation of policing and/or public confidence in policing

The panel found the allegations proven and stated:

In all the circumstances, the Panel concluded that PC Watson deliberately and knowingly breached her driving authority and sought to mitigate her conduct when discussing her driving with a colleague on route back to the station. The limitations on PC Watson’s driving reflected her comparative lack of training and experience: she disregarded those limitations which were in place to protect other road users and members of the public.
Further, the Panel concluded that PC Watson did not provide a truthful account to her Sergeant of the events of November 11, 2021 when discussing the incident and in particular denied using the vehicle’s blue light and sirens and by referring to the allegation as a malicious report.
Accordingly, the Panel found the Allegations proven and individually and cumulatively amount to gross misconduct. They also found that the misconduct was intentional, deliberate and very serious.
The officer was dismissed without notice.

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