A Hertfordshire Police officer has been sacked after using excessive force on a man during an arrest in Watford.
Following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), PC Stephen Dalton was dismissed without notice on November 22 after a disciplinary hearing.
The hearing was told PC Dalton arrested a man in Wilmington Close on October 4, 2019, following reports of attempted bike shed break-ins.
The man was pushed against a parked police car, his face struck the vehicle and he was taken to the ground. He was treated in hospital where he was later released without charge.
An independently chaired disciplinary panel found the officer was in breach of the police professional standards of behaviour relating to use of force for striking the man’s face against the vehicle; authority, respect and courtesy for saying “it hurts doesn’t it?” when he knew the man was injured; and conduct, for bringing discredit on the police service.
IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “PC Dalton did not demonstrate self-control or professionalism and allowed the incident to escalate.
“Our investigation found the officer had a case to answer for gross misconduct and today a disciplinary panel has concluded the amount of force used was unnecessary and the officer has now lost his job.
“His conduct fell far below the standards expected and clearly had the potential to damage public confidence in the police.”
On conclusion of inquiries, the IOPC passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service, which authorised a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. On November 5, 2021, PC Dalton was acquitted by a jury following a trial at St Albans Crown Court.
PC Dalton will now be placed on the barred list, meaning he will be unable to work in policing again.