Sacked copper angry over Essex Police's decision

Chelmsford Weekly News: Essex Police HQ in Springfield Essex Police HQ in Springfield

A POLICE officer sacked for gross misconduct has hit out against the decision.

Mark Jones, from Sible Hedingham, was dismissed from Essex Police following an internal hearing last Thursday.

The decision came after an incident in Chelmer Village in October 2012 when Mr Jones, a police constable, was going to make an arrest.

During an altercation between Mr Jones and a group of youths, it was alleged the officer grabbed a 14-year-old by the neck and pushed him into a bush, and later lied about the incident.

But Mr Jones, who had been with the force for 12 years and has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, claims he was treated unfairly by Essex Police and is now looking to appeal against the decision at an employment tribunal.

The father-of-four, who was cleared at a magistrates’ court trial of assaulting the teenager, says the decision to sack him was part of “bullying” and “persecution” against him by senior officers.

“I was not a ‘yes’ man, I was not afraid to challenge orders and ask if it was the right thing to do, and they didn’t want people like me in the force or influencing new starters,” Mr Jones said.

“Because I didn’t necessarily toe the corporate line I have been got rid of.

“The incident itself did not happen the way it was alleged to have happened, and they have twisted the evidence to their own ends.

“He fell backwards and I instinctively went to reach out to save him.

“I have been treated incredibly unfairly from the outset.”

He admitted using one swear word against the teenager, which in hindsight he regrets, but argues he had tried being polite and was using language the youth would understand.

Mr Jones, 40, said: “I am very frustrated and upset, and I feel let down.

“I have given Essex Police 12 years of my life, and it does take over your life, and it comes to this.

“I have a family to look after and I need to try to keep a roof over my head.

“My family have been very upset and I am worried about the impact on their health.”

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AFTER the decision by the disciplinary panel Assistant Chief Constable Julia Wortley said: "On this occasion the officer’s conduct fell significantly below that expected by Essex Police and to retain his services could only serve to undermine public confidence in the force.

“Accordingly the panel was of the view the only appropriate outcome in this case was to dismiss the officer without notice.

“I would like to thank the victim in this case and a number of young people who willingly gave their time to give evidence throughout the investigation and the misconduct hearing.”

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6:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

idon't believe it says...

I'm not surprised he is angry. Reading between the lines and the other reports of this incident, I can just imagine you the young lout was acting infront of his friends. It does look like the police have sacked him for other reasons especially as a court of law found him not guilty - to do so they must have found that the lout's evidence was not credible and the officer was credible. I hope he sues the pants of the Essex Police and the public of Essex should back him. We need officers like him who will keep louts in check. How about a campaign by the Halstead Gazette?
Even if the Essex Police do not appreciate you we do Mr Jones. Thank you for your service.
I'm not surprised he is angry. Reading between the lines and the other reports of this incident, I can just imagine you the young lout was acting infront of his friends. It does look like the police have sacked him for other reasons especially as a court of law found him not guilty - to do so they must have found that the lout's evidence was not credible and the officer was credible. I hope he sues the pants of the Essex Police and the public of Essex should back him. We need officers like him who will keep louts in check. How about a campaign by the Halstead Gazette? Even if the Essex Police do not appreciate you we do Mr Jones. Thank you for your service. idon't believe it
  • Score: 8

7:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

whatthef says...

@I don't beleive it. i couldn't agree more. This is utterly disgraceful. The public need officers like this. What we'll end up with are wimps who **** foot around feral teenagers and officers that are frightened of their own shadow. Why? because of stupid decisions like this will make them fear for their jobs and idiot teenagers will think they always have the upper hand. My confidence in the polcie service has just taken another blow - weel done ACC Wortley. No wonder this government are looking outside of the police force to appoint senior officers of the future if this is what the current crop are capable of. Best of Luck Mr Jones - you deserve it.
@I don't beleive it. i couldn't agree more. This is utterly disgraceful. The public need officers like this. What we'll end up with are wimps who **** foot around feral teenagers and officers that are frightened of their own shadow. Why? because of stupid decisions like this will make them fear for their jobs and idiot teenagers will think they always have the upper hand. My confidence in the polcie service has just taken another blow - weel done ACC Wortley. No wonder this government are looking outside of the police force to appoint senior officers of the future if this is what the current crop are capable of. Best of Luck Mr Jones - you deserve it. whatthef
  • Score: 6

11:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

826668 says...

Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.
Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family. 826668
  • Score: 6

10:02am Fri 7 Feb 14

BillericayAdam says...

826668 wrote:
Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.
Idiot. loved your quote of "the cameras didn't tell the whole story. He was falling backwards and i instinctively reached out to grab him".

Classic case of 'holier than thou' from Essex police - we've seen it time and time again.
[quote][p][bold]826668[/bold] wrote: Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.[/p][/quote]Idiot. loved your quote of "the cameras didn't tell the whole story. He was falling backwards and i instinctively reached out to grab him". Classic case of 'holier than thou' from Essex police - we've seen it time and time again. BillericayAdam
  • Score: -5

2:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

idon't believe it says...

BillericayAdam wrote:
826668 wrote:
Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.
Idiot. loved your quote of "the cameras didn't tell the whole story. He was falling backwards and i instinctively reached out to grab him".

Classic case of 'holier than thou' from Essex police - we've seen it time and time again.
Cameras have never been mentioned in this story. It doesn't appear there were any. This officer was found NOT GUILTY in court after the yob and his yob mates couldn't get their story right. what do you think this boy must have been upto to come into any sort of confrontation with an officer, who was actiually there for another matter. Thats the problem with kids today, gobby and no repect until it goes wrong for them and then they turn into whining mummys boys.
[quote][p][bold]BillericayAdam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]826668[/bold] wrote: Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.[/p][/quote]Idiot. loved your quote of "the cameras didn't tell the whole story. He was falling backwards and i instinctively reached out to grab him". Classic case of 'holier than thou' from Essex police - we've seen it time and time again.[/p][/quote]Cameras have never been mentioned in this story. It doesn't appear there were any. This officer was found NOT GUILTY in court after the yob and his yob mates couldn't get their story right. what do you think this boy must have been upto to come into any sort of confrontation with an officer, who was actiually there for another matter. Thats the problem with kids today, gobby and no repect until it goes wrong for them and then they turn into whining mummys boys. idon't believe it
  • Score: 2

3:03pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BillericayAdam says...

idon't believe it wrote:
BillericayAdam wrote:
826668 wrote:
Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.
Idiot. loved your quote of "the cameras didn't tell the whole story. He was falling backwards and i instinctively reached out to grab him".

Classic case of 'holier than thou' from Essex police - we've seen it time and time again.
Cameras have never been mentioned in this story. It doesn't appear there were any. This officer was found NOT GUILTY in court after the yob and his yob mates couldn't get their story right. what do you think this boy must have been upto to come into any sort of confrontation with an officer, who was actiually there for another matter. Thats the problem with kids today, gobby and no repect until it goes wrong for them and then they turn into whining mummys boys.
"He fell backwards and I instinctively went to reach out to save him." - Sure.

and the kids were to blame?

“I would like to thank the victim in this case and a number of young people who willingly gave their time to give evidence throughout the investigation and the misconduct hearing.”
[quote][p][bold]idon't believe it[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillericayAdam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]826668[/bold] wrote: Thank you both so much for your support and your time to read my side of the story and the time to leave your comments. You have no idea how much this means to me and all my family.[/p][/quote]Idiot. loved your quote of "the cameras didn't tell the whole story. He was falling backwards and i instinctively reached out to grab him". Classic case of 'holier than thou' from Essex police - we've seen it time and time again.[/p][/quote]Cameras have never been mentioned in this story. It doesn't appear there were any. This officer was found NOT GUILTY in court after the yob and his yob mates couldn't get their story right. what do you think this boy must have been upto to come into any sort of confrontation with an officer, who was actiually there for another matter. Thats the problem with kids today, gobby and no repect until it goes wrong for them and then they turn into whining mummys boys.[/p][/quote]"He fell backwards and I instinctively went to reach out to save him." - Sure. and the kids were to blame? “I would like to thank the victim in this case and a number of young people who willingly gave their time to give evidence throughout the investigation and the misconduct hearing.” BillericayAdam
  • Score: -1

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