Lancashire Constabulary response to the Colin Farmer hearing March 26th, 2014 Jacques Aubergine Latest News Shares Comments 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. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!