Police officer dismissed over case where Harlow man died on A12

News / Fri 6th Jul 2018 am31 06:53am

AN independently chaired misconduct panel dismissed an Essex Police officer without notice.

PC Joanne Jeggo appeared at Harlow Social Security and Child Support Tribunal (formerly the magistrates’ court), during a hearing which began on Monday, July 2.

The panel was formed of legally qualified chair Steven Evans, independent panel member, Peter Gratton and Superintendent Steve Ditchburn of Essex Police.

At the hearing, the panel heard how traffic officers PC Joanne Jeggo and another officer based at Stanway, were on duty on October 30, 2014, when a call came in and they were asked to attend a report of a pedestrian walking on the A12 near Chelmsford.

They went to the area and carried out a search but did not find the man.

Subsequently a pedestrian, Kyle Brooks, was struck and killed on the A12.

The hearing was told how the officers provided written and verbal statements stating they had sought more information about the location to assist with their search but these were found to be false.

A hearing in May 2016 had also found the officers’ conduct in relation to the search for Kyle Brooks amounted to misconduct.

At the same hearing, their response to the allegations, which included statements that were determined not to be true, amounted to gross misconduct and they were both dismissed.

Both officers appealed this decision successfully and the original decision to dismiss them was overturned. The other officer subsequently retired and the matter against Pc Jeggo was re-heard this week.

However, PC Jeggo was found by the panel to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour, in particular paragraphs relating to Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities.

Following the outcome, Superintendent Ditchburn said: “We meticulously considered the information presented to us, and we are in no doubt of PC Jeggo’s previous standing as an officer of exemplary character.

“The panel was told of her conscientious and hardworking approach to her duties and heard how she was regarded as trustworthy by colleagues of all ranks.

“However, on this sad day in October 2014, PC Jeggo seriously breached the standards of professional behaviour amounting to gross misconduct, and the correct and proportionate sanction is dismissal without notice.”

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