Durham Police to escape censure after opting not prosecute speeding PC

The Northern Echo: Durham Police to escape censure after opting not prosecute speeding PC Durham Police to escape censure after opting not prosecute speeding PC

DURHAM Police will not face action from the police watchdog after opting not to prosecute an officer who drove at 140mph while transferring a prisoner.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has assessed the decision to discipline the PC internally, but has decided the force did nothing wrong.

The ruling came as it emerged that a second officer was in the marked BMW 330D at the time of the speeding incident.

Durham Police said the officer, who was sat in the backseat beside the prisoner, was interviewed but did not face disciplinary action.

The Northern Echo revealed last week how a 35-year-old constable drove at up to 140mph while transporting a prisoner from Leeds to Darlington along the A1.

The prisoner promptly made a complaint about the officer's speed when the pair arrived at the custody suite at Darlington police station.

The force has been criticised by road safety charities and an MP for its failure to prosecute the officer.

But a spokeswoman for the IPCC said the matter had been assessed and was considered suitable to be returned back to the force.

Superintendent Darren Ellis, head of professional standards at Durham Police, said the force had recognised Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Association of Chief Police Officers guidelines when considering what action to take against the officer.

He added: “The case was also referred to the IPCC who have contacted the force to inform them that the case has been deemed as suitable to be handed back to the force as they are satisfied with the sanctions that have been put in place.”

Supt Ellis said the CPS was also satisfied with the action taken and commented that the sanctions were “proportionate, sensible and within CPS guidelines”.

“They went on to provide very positive comment that the force had grasped the issue internally and had made strong decisions which they felt were appropriate,” he added.

Following an internal investigation, the officer was moved permanently from road policing duties, his police driving licence was suspended and he was made subject to an action plan concerning risk management and decision making.

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7:50am Sat 1 Feb 14

pandorica says...

His Police Driving Licence was suspended? Ok, so from that I gather his normal UK Driving Licence was not? Sorry if I have missed something from this but I am a bit puzzled as to how he was not suspended from driving full stop. I think all is not what it seems here. The IPS would not pass this back knowing it would cause a public outcry. I think the prisoner may have exaggerated the situation some what. Hmm......
His Police Driving Licence was suspended? Ok, so from that I gather his normal UK Driving Licence was not? Sorry if I have missed something from this but I am a bit puzzled as to how he was not suspended from driving full stop. I think all is not what it seems here. The IPS would not pass this back knowing it would cause a public outcry. I think the prisoner may have exaggerated the situation some what. Hmm...... pandorica

9:20am Sat 1 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

Is anyone surprised? One law for them - another for us. It has always been so. Remember - trust a policeman and you risk getting into trouble.
Is anyone surprised? One law for them - another for us. It has always been so. Remember - trust a policeman and you risk getting into trouble. David Lacey

11:53am Sat 1 Feb 14

Daza says...

Another ant Police comment from Lacey. Wonder what your gripe is...Been doing 31 in a 30 perhaps? Read too much of The Daily Mail perhaps? Who do you call if your kids get assaulted? Or if you are burgled ? Do you sort it yourself? What if riots break out where you live...who will sort all that out for you?

The IPCC have referred this back to the force. They are truly independant. One only has to look at the treatment of Federation Officers in the Midlands by the IPCC in the 'Plebgate' case They didn't get the right result they wanted..so opened the investigation up again. Certainly not 'One Law for them' in that case.

I personally think the officer should have been banned from driving in this case, but then again, a decision has been made.

Stories like this give rise to Anti Police crap from people like Lacey.
Another ant Police comment from Lacey. Wonder what your gripe is...Been doing 31 in a 30 perhaps? Read too much of The Daily Mail perhaps? Who do you call if your kids get assaulted? Or if you are burgled ? Do you sort it yourself? What if riots break out where you live...who will sort all that out for you? The IPCC have referred this back to the force. They are truly independant. One only has to look at the treatment of Federation Officers in the Midlands by the IPCC in the 'Plebgate' case They didn't get the right result they wanted..so opened the investigation up again. Certainly not 'One Law for them' in that case. I personally think the officer should have been banned from driving in this case, but then again, a decision has been made. Stories like this give rise to Anti Police crap from people like Lacey. Daza

12:09pm Sat 1 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

Daza- how many times do the police have to misbehave for them to be brought to heel? As for your comment about the IPCC- it is truly funny. Incidentally I have a friend who was attacked along with his daughter by a woman with a criminal history as long as your arm. He called the police and guess who ended up in court? Thank goodness the magistrates threw the case out, but a decent man was put through 6 months of h*ll and considerable expense by a policeman who was utterly incompetent. He trusted the police. Never again.
Daza- how many times do the police have to misbehave for them to be brought to heel? As for your comment about the IPCC- it is truly funny. Incidentally I have a friend who was attacked along with his daughter by a woman with a criminal history as long as your arm. He called the police and guess who ended up in court? Thank goodness the magistrates threw the case out, but a decent man was put through 6 months of h*ll and considerable expense by a policeman who was utterly incompetent. He trusted the police. Never again. David Lacey

12:20pm Sat 1 Feb 14

behonest says...

"DURHAM Police will not face action from the police watchdog"

Like I said when this story first broke, I suspect Durham Police checked in advance that no action would be taken against them by the IPCC, before they referred it to them. So it seems they referred themselves for public relations purposes, knowing that no action would actually be taken.
"DURHAM Police will not face action from the police watchdog" Like I said when this story first broke, I suspect Durham Police checked in advance that no action would be taken against them by the IPCC, before they referred it to them. So it seems they referred themselves for public relations purposes, knowing that no action would actually be taken. behonest

1:30pm Sat 1 Feb 14

sineater says...

YesDavid, you can't trust the police, especially when you try to grass them up -eh !!!
YesDavid, you can't trust the police, especially when you try to grass them up -eh !!! sineater

8:55pm Sat 1 Feb 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

He was not a convicted prisoner, or he would have been transported differently, nor was his name Andrew Mitchell! This happened over Xmas/New Year busyness. When you make a complaint to the I.P.C.C. it takes months before you can apply. Yet here immediacy is applied. It is time for the I.P.C.C. to stop self Policing. Double standards all round. Pluralistic society means "Society is open" Where is Transparency, when everything is shrouded in secrecy, and vaguness, they keep changing the story = jackanory!
He was not a convicted prisoner, or he would have been transported differently, nor was his name Andrew Mitchell! This happened over Xmas/New Year busyness. When you make a complaint to the I.P.C.C. it takes months before you can apply. Yet here immediacy is applied. It is time for the I.P.C.C. to stop self Policing. Double standards all round. Pluralistic society means "Society is open" Where is Transparency, when everything is shrouded in secrecy, and vaguness, they keep changing the story = jackanory! somethinginsidesostrong

9:04pm Sat 1 Feb 14

bishopman says...

Fair enough the Police haven't come out of this well but let's look at this sensibly! What evidence have the Poliice got for a conviction! Speed cameras? Radar? No the word of a convict! And That MP Jenny Chapman!; can't understand why she wants to get involved after everyone knows how many MP's we're not charged with fraud despite the overwhelming evidence! 'People in glass houses....'
Fair enough the Police haven't come out of this well but let's look at this sensibly! What evidence have the Poliice got for a conviction! Speed cameras? Radar? No the word of a convict! And That MP Jenny Chapman!; can't understand why she wants to get involved after everyone knows how many MP's we're not charged with fraud despite the overwhelming evidence! 'People in glass houses....' bishopman

12:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

loan_star says...

No surprise there then. One rule for them and another for us.
No surprise there then. One rule for them and another for us. loan_star

12:22pm Sun 2 Feb 14

loan_star says...

sineater wrote:
YesDavid, you can't trust the police, especially when you try to grass them up -eh !!!
So if the police do something wrong you are not allowed to make a complaint?
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: YesDavid, you can't trust the police, especially when you try to grass them up -eh !!![/p][/quote]So if the police do something wrong you are not allowed to make a complaint? loan_star

12:34pm Sun 2 Feb 14

black&whitehorse says...

we get no beef from coppers
we get no beef from coppers black&whitehorse

2:37pm Sun 2 Feb 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

bishopman asks why does Jenny Chapman politician want to even bother getting involved in criticising policing? Well., bishopman to explain this matter is now political since the inception of Police Commissioners. They are not supposed to be faceless people emerging from a broom cupboard but are both politically answerable as is their policing!
bishopman asks why does Jenny Chapman politician want to even bother getting involved in criticising policing? Well., bishopman to explain this matter is now political since the inception of Police Commissioners. They are not supposed to be faceless people emerging from a broom cupboard but are both politically answerable as is their policing! somethinginsidesostrong

5:32pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

A victory for 'good old fashioned common sense'. A 'non-politically correct decision' for once, now we can move away from the 'political chip on my shoulder' politically correct witch-hunt (with a few, not all) and concentrate ON REAL and (not *artificial as in this case) 'serious crime' law and order issues. For example we have over 2OO immigrant criminals, walking our streets, convicted of Rape, Murder, Robbery etc., avoiding deportation because of a twisted, *corrupt, Europeon Court decision. They readily and openly back the 'so called Human Rights of this lot' but NOT the human rights of decent lawabidding people. Now I bet that's a censored 'political denial' of a 'Hot-Potatoe' with some on this site. You want ?... law and order in Britain, well lets have it, whats 'good for the Goose' is good for the 'political liberal and left wing ganders, europeon or otherwise'..
A victory for 'good old fashioned common sense'. A 'non-politically correct decision' for once, now we can move away from the 'political chip on my shoulder' politically correct witch-hunt (with a few, not all) and concentrate ON REAL and (not *artificial as in this case) 'serious crime' law and order issues. For example we have over 2OO immigrant criminals, walking our streets, convicted of Rape, Murder, Robbery etc., avoiding deportation because of a twisted, *corrupt, Europeon Court decision. They readily and openly back the 'so called Human Rights of this lot' but NOT the human rights of decent lawabidding people. Now I bet that's a censored 'political denial' of a 'Hot-Potatoe' with some on this site. You want ?... law and order in Britain, well lets have it, whats 'good for the Goose' is good for the 'political liberal and left wing ganders, europeon or otherwise'.. cushybutterfield

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