THE tragic murder of former Durham student Sarah Everard at the hands of officer, Wayne Couzens has brought forces across the country under increased scrutiny.

The horrific circumstances have shone a light on how forces across the UK have seen their own controversy as events surrounding serving officers have come to light.

One of the fundamental principles of justice is that it must be seen to be done, with those who abuse their position expected to face the consequences of doing so.

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Across County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire, there are 12 officers on the 'barred' list where serving police officers have been dismissed since January 2018.

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Their reasons for dismissals may range in severity from driving under the influence of alcohol to unlawfully accessing confidential records.

Those who have been dismissed from their post is a matter of public record and is routinely updated by the College of Policing - here.

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But we've looked at the latest lists available and revealed how many serving officers were dismissed and why across the region over a four year period.

Michael Trodden, Durham Police

PC Trodden was dismissed on January 3, 2018 after approaching a witness in criminal proceedings, whilst named as a suspect.

Lee Kirk, Cleveland Police

PC Kirk was dismissed on February 14, 2018 after being convicted of driving with excess alcohol, breaching the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Christopher John Parnell, North Yorkshire Police

PC Parnell was dismissed on June 13, 2018 after unlawfully accessing the force's confidential 'NICHE' recording system between April 10, 2011 and January 25, 2017.

He was also dismissed on the grounds of 'undeclared business interests,' between March 2010 and April 2015  thereby failing to comply with police regulations, policy and orders.

In a third count, PC Parnell was dismissed for 'use of police email address/resources to conduct undeclared business interests.'

And in a fourth count, PC Parnell was dismissed for 'use of force, threatening words and behaviour' during an incident in August 2017. 

Jason Corbett, Durham Police

PC Corbett was dismissed on August 18, 2018 after the force identified ten instances of breaching the Professional Standard Honesty and Integrity, six instances breaching the Professional Standard Duties and Responsibilities, one instance of breaching the Professional Standard of Orders and Instructions and two instances of breaching the Professional Standard Discreditable Conduct.

The breaches of the standards have been committed in this former officers role as a Detective Constable.

They related to his dealing with victims of crime, dealing with community contacts and CHIS, accurately recording crime and relevant records, failing to report gifts and hospitalities, failing to investigate offences correctly.

Ralph Michael Anthony Bainbridge, Cleveland Police

PC Bainbridge was dismissed on September 12, 2018 as during an off duty social event, he approached a female from behind, reached around and touched and squeezed her breast without consent.

Shawn Jagger, North Yorkshire Police

PC Jagger was dismissed on July 2, 2020, after he was found to have had a relationship between with a female who had initially sought police help.

On duty during the evening of February 4, 2017, PC Jagger attended the home address of the female in reponse to her calling 999.

She reported that she had been assaulted by her partner and father to her baby and that she had called the police because she was scared.

In all the circumstances the female was a vulnerable woman seeking police help.

Between June 2017 and November 2017 he conducted a relationship with the female which involved him attending her home and having sexual contact with her.

Ahmad Raza Ali, North Yorkshire Police

PC Ali was dismissed on November 13, 2020, for a breach of Professional Standards in respect of "honesty and integrity."

Whilst PC Ali was undertaking City and Guilds Student Officer and Learning Assessment Portfolio coursework, notes had been swapped with another officer.

This action caused identical sections within the portfolio being produced and submitted as personal evidence.

The conduct breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Honesty and Integrity and amounts to Gross Misconduct.

Warren Hawes, Durham Police

Inspector Hawes was dismissed on September 5, 2018 as whilst off duty and socialising with work colleagues, he inappropriately touched a female officer for whom he had line manager responsibility. The incident happened in October 2016.

Simon Neil Hurwood, Cleveland Police

Inspector Hurwood was dismissed on November 1, 2018 as between 2004 and 2014 he behaved in an inappropriate manner towards 21 female colleagues.

The behaviour ranged from inappropriate messages (email & SMS) through to sexual activity within the workplace.

Mohammed Perwaze, Durham Police

Sergeant Perwaze was dismissed on March 20, 2018, for circumstances which related to internal sexual misconduct towards female colleagues.

Reports of concern regarding serving officers can be reported to each police force by calling 101 or by contacting each force.

*This list is based on information published for Durham Police, Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire police by the College of Policing as of October 7, 2021.


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