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 :
On 31 August 2016 the officers engaged in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle whilst on duty in their marked police car in Penge. The driver of the stolen vehicle lost control during the pursuit, causing the car to leave the carriageway. The vehicle struck a group of pedestrians walking along the path, causing major injury to one child and the deaths of a child and an adult.
It is alleged that PC Keher, as the operator/passenger in the police vehicle, failed to correctly assess or communicate the risks and circumstances of the pursuit to the Control Room Radio Operator and failed to challenge the nature of PC Welch’s driving.
It is alleged that PC Welch, the driver of the police vehicle, failed to correctly assess or communicate the risks and circumstances of the pursuit to the Control Room Radio Operator, failed to ensure PC Keher provided accurate information to the Control Room Radio Operator and failed to adequately assess the proportionality of continuing the pursuit.
It is alleged that in the aftermath of the stolen vehicle having collided with the pedestrians, both PC Keher and PC Welch, in choosing to pursue the driver on foot and arrest him, failed in their duty to protect life and limb by not checking whether anyone was injured and not prioritising the administration of first aid at the scene.
It is alleged that in doing so the following Standards of Professional Behaviour have been breached :
Duties and Responsibilities
The matter set out above is alleged to amount to gross misconduct in that it is so serious as to justify dismissal
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