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West Mercia officer dismissed with immediate effect

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A West Mercia Police officer has been dismissed with immediate effect following a public misconduct hearing.

Following a Public Misconduct Hearing that concluded on Monday 9 January 2017, West Mercia Police Constable Steven Ward was dismissed from the force with immediate effect for Gross Misconduct.

The Hearing was conducted by Douglas Readings, an independent legally qualified chair and follows a Professional Standards investigation that begun after allegations that the officer altered the statement of a complainant and forged their signature, without their knowledge. The statement was regarding domestic violence and threats to kill.

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Detective Superintendent Gary Watson, Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said:

"The Misconduct Hearing found that the behaviour of Police Constable Steven Ward fell below the standards we expect from our officers and staff and amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, namely Honesty and Integrity. This fell outside the expectations made clear in our Code of Ethics and it is for this reason he was dismissed."

– Detective Superintendent Gary Watson, Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

The officer had completed one full year of service with West Mercia Police, most recently based in Telford.

West Mercia police say the outcome of the Misconduct Hearing is subject to the normal appeals process.