Lancashire Constabulary response to the Colin Farmer hearing

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Lancashire Constabulary response to the Colin Farmer hearing

This officer faced a gross incompetency hearing after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, with whom we have cooperated with from the outset.

The officer was dealt with under Stage 3 of the Police (Performance) Regulations 2008 for Gross Incompetence by a panel made up of Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques, Chief Supt Richard Goodenough-Bayly and Mr Ashley Judd, the Constabulary’s Head of Human Resources.

The panel found that the officer failed to perform his duties to a satisfactory standard on October 12th 2012, though his actions did not amount to gross incompetence.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques said: “First and foremost I would like to sincerely apologise to Mr Farmer on behalf of the Constabulary for what happened that evening and the resulting distress and anxiety he undoubtedly suffered.

“The officer made a dreadful mistake when he discharged his Taser, but was acting on a reasonable and honestly held belief that his actions were necessary to protect the public. The officer did not perform his duties to a satisfactory standard but we did not feel that this amounted to gross incompetence.

“In addition to the findings relating to the individual officer this investigation has raised a number of issues for the Constabulary to consider including the training given to officers carrying Taser.”

The officer will be issued with a Written Improvement Notice and be required to demonstrate specific performance improvements over a set timescale.  Additionally the officer has expressed considerable regret over this incident and arrangements will be made for him to offer a personal apology to Mr Farmer.

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