Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Three Hampshire officers found guilty of misconduct

Three police officers have been found guilty of misconduct over their behaviour towards a man in Portsmouth with mental health issues.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation heard they knew his condition, but engaged in "inappropriate behaviour and comments".

The officers received final written warnings.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "Their actions fell far short of the standards we require."

The investigation heard four officers were called to the man's address in April.

A member of the public had become concerned for the man's welfare and all four officers were made aware he had mental health issues on entering the house.

Two officers were found guilty of gross misconduct and one of misconduct.

IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin said: "These officers failed to act professionally when called to assist a vulnerable man, leaving him in further distress. They have rightfully been found guilty of misconduct."

Mr Marsh said the three officers' actions were "untypical" of the force as a whole.

"Protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities is paramount to everything we do in Hampshire Constabulary," he added.

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