Misconduct hearings and outcomes

Thames Valley Police publish information about public misconduct or special case hearings and all misconduct hearing outcomes.

Misconduct hearings

In accordance with legislation, all misconduct or special case hearings are held in public to improve transparency and accountability and ensure public confidence – unless a private hearing is directed by the Chair.

Misconduct hearings are heard by a panel of three, consisting of a legally qualified Chair who will be assisted by a senior police officer and an independent lay person. The facts will be heard by the panel, often with the assistance of live witnesses to enable the panel to make a determination. If the officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the available sanctions are:

  • Dismissal without notice
  • Dismissal with notice
  • Final Written Warning
  • Written warning
  • Management advice

Forthcoming misconduct hearings

Details of upcoming misconduct hearings, including details of how to attend are published on this page.

Misconduct outcomes

It is important for public confidence in policing that Thames Valley Police is open and accountable about misconduct proceedings involving officers, staff, Specials and volunteers.

The information is published on a monthly basis and includes details of the standard which has been breached, basic details of the breach and the misconduct outcome.

The vast majority of officers, staff, specials and volunteers who work for Thames Valley Police act with integrity and professionalism at all times. However, where conduct falls below the high standards expected by the force it is important for the public to know that they will be dealt with firmly.

Misconduct hearing outcome in respect of Police Constables Robert Ashcroft and Ataul Ahmad on 20 December 2017

Police Constables Robert Ashcroft and Ataul Ahmad have been dismissed from the Force following a misconduct hearing.

The misconduct hearing was chaired by Legally Qualified Chair, Nicola Talbot-Hadley at Thames Valley Police Headquarters South, Kidlington.

It started on 18/12 and concluded on the same day.

Both officers were from Slough and were dismissed from the Force yesterday.

Both PC Ashcroft and PC Ahmad breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘Honesty and Integrity’, ‘Duties and Responsibilities’, and ‘Discreditable Conduct’.

Both officers were dismissed from the Force following evidence given in relation to three incidents which occurred between January and March 2017.

On the first occasion at around 3pm on the 21 January 2017 Thames Valley Police received a report of a man armed with a knife outside a house in Langley, Slough. The incident was graded as requiring an immediate police response. Both PC Ahmad and PC Ashcroft were on duty in a marked police vehicle but failed to attend the incident and deliberately went to a different location so as to avoid attending.

The second occasion occurred the following day, when both PC Ashcroft and PC Ahmad were on duty in a marked police van when Thames Valley Police received a report of a group of men hare coursing in the Langley area. Both officers were in a position to attend the incident and indicated that they would do so. Prior to attending the incident both officers delayed attending the scene by attending a petrol station to get coffee.

On a third occasion, on 30 March 2017, both PC Ahmad and PC Ashcroft were in a position to attend a report of an assault of a man in Langley. Both officers failed to attend the incident.

Both PC Ashcroft and PC Ahmad’s conduct amounted to gross misconduct.

Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Ward, Head of Professional Standards said:

“For the public to have confidence in the police, we expect the highest of standards from all of our officers and their commitment to serving the public. Thames Valley Police is committed to investigating any behaviour which does not adhere to the values and standards set within the force.

“PC Ashcroft and PC Ahmad failed to adhere to these standards of behaviour and there is no place in our force for those who behave in the manner they did.”

 

Misconduct hearing outcome in respect of Superintendent 2323 Gerardo Chiariello on 14 December 2017

Superintendent Gez (Gerardo) Chiariello was dismissed without notice from Thames Valley Police tonight for gross misconduct following a special case hearing.

At the hearing, held at Thames Valley Police Headquarters South in Kidlington and chaired by the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, today (14/12) it was heard that Supt Chiariello breached a number of Standards of Professional Behaviour under Police (Conduct) Regulations.

On 29 September 2016 Supt Chiariello was served with a notice that misconduct allegations had been made against him which included allegations relating to members of public. There were to be a number of witnesses including one woman, referred to at the hearing as Witness A.

On 20 February 2017 Supt Chiariello was given a Lawful Order not to contact a number of individuals including Witness A, either directly or through a third party (including electronically or via social media).

Between 19 May and 25 September 2017 using text messages and the messaging application WhatsApp he encouraged and supported a third party in making contact with Witness A’s employer, referred to at the hearing as Company B.

On 25 September 2017 Supt Chiariello was interviewed and denied allegations that he had encouraged and supported a third party in making contact with Witness A’s employer Company B.

It was found that he had breached the standards of professional behaviour in the following ways:

  • Orders and Instructions by failing to abide by a Lawful Order.
  • Honesty and Integrity by failing to act with the integrity expected and lying during the course of his interview.
  • Discreditable Conduct by behaving in a manner likely to bring discredit on the police service and/or undermine public confidence in it.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “Supt Chiariello was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct following a special case hearing heard by Chief Constable, Francis Habgood today (14/12).

“We expect the highest professional standards from all of our officers and today it was proven that Supt Chiariello had breached a number of these standards.”

 

Misconduct hearing outcome in respect of PC 4673 Alan Nisbet on 30 November 2017

On 30 November 2017 a misconduct hearing was chaired by Miss Gabrielle Jan Posner, Legally Qualified Chair, at Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 2NX in respect of PC 4673 Alan Nisbet based in Milton Keynes Local Policing Area.  Misconduct hearing outcome for PC 4673 Alan Nisbet.

Misconduct hearing outcome for PC "N" and PC "P" 30 October - 3 November 2017

A Misconduct hearing took place between 30 October and 3 November, 2017 chaired by Mr John Bassett, Legally Qualified Chair. The two officers faced the following allegations: Misconduct hearing outcome for Officer N and P

 

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