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Officer dismissed as gross misconduct proven

A police officer was dismissed for conduct amounting to gross misconduct after it was found to be proven at an independently chaired hearing.

The public hearing, led by a legally qualified chair who is independent of policing, ran from Monday 30 October until Wednesday 1 November.

The misconduct hearing panel ruled on Thursday 9 November that the officer’s behaviour amounted to gross misconduct and made the decision to dismiss him from policing.

Specifically, the hearing found Calum Powell had breached three standards of professional behaviour, namely authority, respect and courtesy, use of force and discreditable conduct.

The allegation against the officer occurred on Thursday 1 July 2021.

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Williams, said:

“The behaviour of Calum Powell fell significantly below the high standards that we require of all our officers and staff, and today he has been held to account for his actions.

“The level of force he used was excessive and completely unacceptable. There is no place for this type of behaviour in Gwent Police.

“Behaviour such as this only serves to undermine the committed work of the vast majority of police officers and staff who work tirelessly to protect the public with dignity and courage every day.

“At Gwent Police, we are fully committed to ensuring inappropriate behaviour is rooted out and we will continue to robustly investigate those whose behaviour falls below the high standards that we and our communities expect.”

This now former officer will be placed on the College of Policing’s barred list.