Thames Valley Officer To Face Misconduct Hearing Over The Level Of alcohol in The Officers Breath

A Misconduct Hearing shall be conducted into allegations that an Officer’s conduct amounted to gross misconduct.

Details of the conduct that is the subject matter of the case and how that conduct is alleged to amount to gross misconduct are as follows:

  • At some time prior to 07.00 on 5 May 2020 the Officer attended for duty at a police station;
  • Shortly thereafter the Officer was lawfully required to undergo a breath test and at 08.28 the Officer blew a reading of 31 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath;
  • On taking a further test at 08.52 the Officer’s breath was recorded as having 28 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath;
  • Pursuant to paragraph 4.2 of Annex A to the Alcohol, Drugs & Substance Misuse Testing Policy in force at the time, the limit for such a test was 13 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.
  • In having such readings the Officer’s conduct amounts to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Fitness for Duty and Orders and Instructions. If proven, it is considered to amount to gross misconduct as it is so serious that your dismissal would be justified.

The hearing shall be conducted in private due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the evidence to be heard, including for example relevant medical evidence, and welfare concerns. 

Thames Valley Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 20 Misconduct Hearings
    90% held in public

Thames Valley Police covers Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

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