West Midlands Police Hearing Outcome
10-13 August 2020
West Midlands Police Headquarters, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6NQ (Sat Nav B4 6AT)
PC 1778 Birch
PC 20657 Hopwood
Conduct that gave rise to breaches
Officers attended a location following a report of theft in progress.
1. (a) It is alleged that PC Birch used derogatory/ discriminatory words over the police radio;
(b) It is alleged that PC Birch engaged in the use of further discriminatory words and behaviour at the location.
2. It is further alleged that the officer attempted to influence PC Hopwood and collude with him to ensure that their statements supported force used by PC Birch.
1. It is alleged that PC Hopwood turned off his Body Worn Video to speak to PC Birch following the incident and that he then provided an inaccurate and incomplete account of the incident in his witness statement.
1. (a) Proven – Gross Misconduct
(b) Not Proven
2. Not Proven
Standards of Professional Behaviour breached
Equality and Diversity
Authority, Respect and Courtesy
Final Written Warning
Legally Qualified Chair