Former Brighton police officer committed gross misconduct, panel finds

A former police officer who was dismissed without notice last year after he breached standards of professional behaviour has had further allegations proved against him.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 2:52 pm
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Ex-PC James Breeds, who was based in Brighton, appeared at a misconduct hearing at Sussex Police headquarters on June 21 to 23.

The independently-chaired panel found he had knowingly provided false information as part of a criminal investigation; used unlawful force when entering a premises and arresting a suspect; and brought discredit to the organisation through his actions, Sussex Police said.

The panel have found that the proven allegations amounted to gross misconduct.

The sanction was dismissal without notice had he still been a serving officer.

Superintendent Rachel Carr, head of Sussex Police’s professional standards department, said: “We expect the highest personal and professional standards of anyone who works for us including from those who formerly worked for us and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards are rigorously investigated.

“We are determined not to let a very small number of officers damage the confidence held in our force and the huge amount of good work carried out by hard-working and dedicated police officers and staff across the county.”