Special sergeant dismissed by Bedfordshire Police for encouraging colleague to lie

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A volunteer police officer has been dismissed by Bedfordshire Police after he encouraged a former colleague to lie about having PAVA spray.

Special Sergeant Peter Charles was found to have failed to challenge the former Special Constable when he discovered they had the incapacitant spray, and then “instructed or encouraged them” to secretly return it to police premises and further give a fake story if they were challenged.

S/Sgt Charles was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour for honesty and integrity, orders and instructions and challenging and reporting improper conduct.

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Legally Qualified Chair Harry Ireland said: “The purpose of the misconduct hearing is threefold. Firstly, to protect the public confidence in, and the reputation of, policing.

Bedfordshire Police headquarters. Picture: Google MapsBedfordshire Police headquarters. Picture: Google Maps
Bedfordshire Police headquarters. Picture: Google Maps

“Secondly, to maintain the high professional standards by demonstrating to other officers that misconduct will not be tolerated.

“Thirdly, to protect the public and/or officers and staff by preventing the officers from committing similar misconduct again.”

The panel found S/Sgt Charles’ behaviour amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed from policing. He will be added to the College of Policing barred list, which bans him from returning to policing or other similar professions.