A hearing was held for PC Gary Hamilton, based at Central West Command Unit, to answer allegations that he breached standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, use of force and authority, respect and courtesy.
The panel, led by a legally qualified chair, heard that on 14 November 2017 PC Hamilton was assisting in escorting a handcuffed violent man who had been arrested into custody at Charing Cross police station.
The man kicked PC Hamilton in the groin while they were in the police station back yard.
PC Hamilton reacted by punching the man twice in the face whilst he was still under restraint.
PC Hamilton received injuries that required subsequent medical treatment. whilst the man was treated for facial injuries.
The hearing concluded on Tuesday, 25 June with all allegations proven.
Having carefully considered all the evidence and mitigating factors including the fact there was clear provocation affecting the officer’s judgement, the panel gave PC Hamilton a final written warning.
Phill Matthews, Conduct & Performance Lead for the Police Federation of England & Wales told Emergency Services News:
“we are obviously pleased that the officer kept his job after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
“It is heartening to see Legally qualified chair led panels take the full circumstances into account and come to appropriate outcomes based on all the facts and circumstances.
“This gives us confidence that our members can get fair and proportionate outcomes.
“Our members have to deal with really nasty and violent individuals intent on causing them harm and injury, despite this they are expected to behave impeccably despite any level of violence and provocation”.