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Two police officers dismissed from force for failing to attend emergency calls

Two police officers dismissed from force for failing to attend emergency calls

Two Slough police officers have been dismissed from the force after failing to attend to two incidents and delaying their response to a third by stopping to get coffee.

At a hearing on Monday at Thames Valley Police's headquarters in Kidlington, Police Constables Robert Ashcroft and Ataul Ahmad were found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour.

On January 21, Thames Valley Police received a report of a man armed with a knife outside a house in Langley at about 3pm.

The incident was graded as requiring an immediate police response.

Both PC Ahmad and PC Ashcroft were on duty in a marked police vehicle but failed to attend the incident and deliberately went to a different location to avoid the call.

The following day, the two PCs were on duty when a call came in about a group of men hare coursing in the Langley area.

Both officers were in a position to attend the incident and indicated that they would do so, but delayed their response by attending a petrol station to get a coffee.

On a third occasion, on March 30, PC Ahmad and PC Ashcroft were in a position to attend a report of an assault of a man in Langley, but both officers failed to attend the incident.

The hearing found their actions amounted to gross misconduct.

Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Ward said: “For the public to have confidence in the police, we expect the highest of standards from all of our officers and their commitment to serving the public.

“Thames Valley Police is committed to investigating any behaviour which does not adhere to the values and standards set within the force.

“PC Ashcroft and PC Ahmad failed to adhere to these standards of behaviour and there is no place in our force for those who behave in the manner they did.”

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  • SloughResident

    15:03, 22 December 2017

    The offence the officers have accused of is committed by almost every single officer in TVP on a daily basis. TVP is losing experienced offers at alarming rate, especially ethnic minority officers. TVP bugged this pair of officers with the aim of making them an example to other officers. Instead of dismissal, they should have been given a final written warning. The officers vehicle was bugged & 3 examples of not responding in 3 months is a poor result for all that covert surveillance. If you bug any set of officers, you will find similar if not more examples of neglect of duty. I am not saying what they did was right. Members of the public depend on officers responding to calls. I understand that these 2 officers are experienced, hard working officers. These 3 incidents over 3 months is not reflective of their commitment or work ethics. But when the officers are under excess stress due to constant shift changes, lack of back up, lack of managerial support and excessive amount of paperwork. This management by fear will not bear fruit in the long run. Now that the officers know that their vehicles may be bugged, they will come up with creative reasons for not attending calls such as traffic jams etc.etc. This does not make the officers less committed, it just means that, they are human being who want to do good work but are unable to due the bereaucratic handicaps & unsympathetic management. Q1. How much did this investigation cost? Q2. Who authorised it?

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