Notice of an accelerated misconduct hearing: 3rd August 2022
Name of officer concerned
PC Colin Gay
Date and time of misconduct hearing
03/08/2022 at 09.00 am
Place of hearing
Police Headquarters, Block 7, Conference Room 7
Between 08:30 and 09:00 an incident took place on the small driveway off A521 UTTOXETER ROAD for the Library that leads up to BLYTHE BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL. The incident was witnessed by 2 staff members and at least 2 parents. The incident involved an off duty police officer, PC 4738 Colin GAY and a student of the high school aged 15 years. The student had been crossing the drive and walked in front of the vehicle belonging to PC Gay which had come to a stop. PC GAY sounded the horn of the vehicle and a verbal altercation has taken place between both parties. PC GAY has exited the vehicle and approached the student. A further altercation has taken place and PC GAY took hold of the student by the jacket around the breast and moved him back several paces before putting him over a small low wall, leaving him lying almost horizontal. At this point two teachers of the High School Teacher A & Teacher B have approached and separated both parties. Teacher B has removed the student taking him into the school and Teacher A has spoken with GAY.
The independent witnesses describe PC GAY as the aggressor. On interview PC GAY justifies his actions as lawful and proportionate. He was charged with Common Assault.
On 7th July 2022 following a 2 day trial PC Gay was found guilty of Common Assault at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.
CHAIR: CHIEF CONSTABLE Noble
In accordance with Regulation 53 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 it is the Chief Constable’s intention to consider the public notification of the hearing.
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Whether the person chairing should exclude any person from the whole or part of the hearing, or
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In light of any representations, whether the Chair should publish details of the hearing and if so, the content of the notice to be publicised on the Force website.
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If no representations are received by this date, the chair will assume that you have no objections to put forward.