A Humberside Police officer who allegedly restrained suspected criminals and then just let them off while also swearing at members of the public is facing a misconduct hearing.
PC Gary Kendrew faces a string of allegations that he breached the standards of professional behaviour which include failing to report arrests and use of force.
One charge relates to failing to caution someone he arrested adequately. The allegation, published on the Humberside Police website says: “The officer said to him ‘You do not have to say anything but harm your defence blah blah, something about court, off you f***’. Furthermore, the officer failed to record or report this arrest taking place, or the identity of the male being arrested.”
Many of the allegations, including the one above relate to a patrol he undertook in Scunthorpe on August 14, 2021. During that period he is alleged to have committed a number of breaches of the professional behaviour standards.
As well as the above allegation, the force says: “An unknown female stated in the presence of PC Kendrew that a male in the immediate vicinity had assaulted her, but the officer took no action to identify the female, establish the details of what happened or identify the potential suspect. She repeated the complaint a short time later and again no action was taken.
“The officer used force on a male member of the public, restraining him on the ground. The officer then allowed this male to leave the area without recording his details and did not submit a Use of Force form detailing his actions.
“PC Kendrew used force on a male member of the public by taking him to the ground and restraining him. The officer failed to use powers of arrest which were available to him despite having identified that the male had committed an offence. Instead, the officer allowed the male to walk away without having recorded any details regarding his identify, nor did the officer submit a Use of Force form detailing his actions.
“The officer repeatedly used foul language, specifically, the word ‘f**k’ and the term ‘f**k off’ to members of the public and in circumstances where the use of such language was unnecessary and likely to discredit and/or undermine public confidence in Humberside Police.”
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PC Kendrew is also jointly charged with colleague PC Mollie Brooks in relation to an incident in Grimsby earlier in 2021 after which the two officers are alleged to have made false statements. They claim a suspect who was arrested attempted to attack them with a bat.
The force says: “Following the attendance at an incident in Grimsby, on June 11, 2021 in which a male was arrested. Both officers submitted witness statements outlining the circumstances of an alleged assault. The officers made statements which they knew to be false or did not believe to be true.”
PC Brook is also charged with other breaches. It is alleged that, between July 26, 2021 and August 15, 2021, she “disclosed confidential police information on a social media chat group inappropriately and without a proper policing purpose”. A further allegation states that, between she accessed records without authority or a policing purpose to do so on August 19, 2021.
In announcing the police misconduct hearing, taking place from Thursday to October 5 at the old Magistrates’ Court in Goole, the force says: “The above conduct amounts to gross misconduct in that it involves operational dishonesty, abuse of authority, the use of unnecessary force, the accessing of confidential information, the disclosure of confidential information and stands to bring policing into disrepute and diminish the public confidence.”
Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe