Operation Kerio hearing 

Hearing to be held in private 24 November to 4 December 2020, starting at 10am.

Names of the officers concerned

  • PC Edward Bengree, SO18 - Aviation policing
  • PC Christopher Davey, SO18 - Aviation policing
  • PC Matthew Hewett, SW-CU
  • PC David Donovan, SW-CU
  • DC John Taylor, Specialist Crime North

The conduct that is the subject matter of the case and how that conduct is alleged to amount to misconduct or gross misconduct as the case may be, as set out in the notice given in accordance with Regulation 21(1)

It is alleged that between 2010 and 2011 PC Bengree, PC Davey, PC Hewett, PC Donovan and DC Taylor exchanged a series of text messages which contained offensive references to people with disabilities, sexism, paedophilia, racism and homophobia.

It is alleged that PC Bengree also filmed and/or recorded members of the public on his mobile phone whilst on duty, both in the street and in police cells. He tried to develop an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable female victim of crime and that he accessed confidential information about the female for non-policing purposes.

It is alleged that in doing so the following Standards of Professional Behaviour have been breached:

  • PC Bengree: Authority, Courtesy and Respect; Orders and Instructions; Duties and Responsibilities; Confidentiality; Discreditable Conduct.
  • PC Davey: Discreditable Conduct
  • PC Hewett: Discreditable Conduct
  • PC Donovan: Discreditable Conduct
  • DC Taylor: Discreditable Conduct

The hearing will be conducted in private in compliance with current Government enforced Covid-19 legislation. Consideration will be given to publication of the outcome rationale in part or in full at the conclusion of the hearing, subject to representations permitted by the parties involved.

Venue of hearing: Empress State Building, Lillie Road, London, SW6 1TR