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Officer given a final written warning over his actions in custody

Unnecessary and excessive force on two detainees both found proven, disciplinary hearing rules

A custody officer has been given “one last chance” with his career after allegations he used unnecessary and excessive force on two detainees.

A Met Police gross misconduct hearing decided that Sgt Robert Phair should receive a final written warning for twice breaching standards of professional behaviour in October 2016.

The disciplinary panel decided no sanction was necessary for the first allegation on October 21 – proven at misconduct level only. 

But the second – three days later – which breached the standards of professional behaviour; authority, respect and courtesy, use of force and discreditable conduct were found proven at gross misconduct.

Following the decision by the panel chairman, the Met detention officer will resume full duties.