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Officer dismissed from BTP



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A British Transport Police officer was today dismissed from the Force, following a public gross misconduct hearing.

PC Robert Mitchell, based at Manchester, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour, discreditable conduct, authority, respect and courtesy, and use of force.

On 14 January 2017, PC Mitchell was on duty at Doncaster train station and was involved in the detention of a man.

The incident was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who conducted an independent investigation which concluded that there was a case to answer in relation to the level of force used on the man.
An independent panel today determined that during that arrest, PC Mitchell used force which was unnecessary, unreasonable and disproportionate.

Head of Professional Standards Supt Gill Murray said: “Today, at an independent misconduct hearing, it was determined that PC Mitchell used force which was unnecessary and disproportionate.

“This amounted to gross misconduct and PC Mitchell has been dismissed from the Force without notice.”

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