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Officer dismissed after damaging police car

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A member of our Special Constabulary has been found guilty of gross misconduct and dismissed without notice after not declaring serious damage to a marked police vehicle.

Acting Special Sergeant Luke Goodyear, 25, was found in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour following a misconduct hearing held on 8-9 March.

Goodyear, who was driving, caused significant damage to a marked police vehicle when trying to park it in Uttoxeter Police Station on 8 December 2016. The officer then returned the Ford Focus to Burton Police Station but just left it for others to find, rather than reporting the damage. Unfortunately due to the age of the vehicle and the extent of the damage, the vehicle was written off as it was not economically viable to fix it.

The panel decided to dismiss Goodyear, who has been a Special Constable since July 2011, with immediate effect.

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: "Officers, both regular and special, have a unique responsibility when in charge of police vehicles.

"This unfortunate incident is a timely reminder that we expect the highest levels of honesty and integrity from all staff and volunteers and we will act accordingly if someone falls below these exacting standards."

13 Mar 2018 10:37:49 GMT
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