Notts officers given ‘words of advice’ over Channel 4 series Coppers
TWO police officers have been given "words of advice" over their actions in a controversial television documentary.
The Post reported in January how two incidents in the Channel 4 series Coppers were referred to Notts Police's Professional Standards Board.
It has now emerged there were two internal investigations where allegations of misconduct were upheld after the programme.
The force has not confirmed exactly what incidents these probes referred to, but the two incidents sent to the board were:
A female police officer was seen pulling a 14-year-old girl to the ground on a city estate.
A man in Exchange Walk was seen being pushed over by a male officer.
Both were among scenes in the fly-one-the-wall series which drew criticism from some Notts politicians.
The two internal investigations finished in September but the results were revealed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by a member of the public and passed to the Post this week.
It stated: "Two officers were formally investigated, one received management action and the other management advice following a misconduct meeting."
In a statement the force said "management advice" relates to words of advice given to an officer or member of staff after an allegation of misconduct is upheld following a misconduct meeting or hearing.
The phrase "management action" refers to words of advice after a misconduct allegation is upheld but which did not need a misconduct meeting or hearing.
The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, yesterday said both officers were now back on the frontline. Phil Matthews, chairman of the Notts arm of the organisation, said: "Where the officers have been out of line they have admitted their failings, they've learnt from it and taken the punishment and moved on.
"To err is human – we don't always get it 100 per cent right but officers do the job for the right reasons under very difficult circumstances.
"With the benefit of hindsight you can always say 'can you do it better?' and that's what it's about - learning."
He added: "If you make a mistake on camera it's unforgiving - to be gone through in slow motion in freeze frame."
Most of the eight-part series, which ended in February, focused on the day-to-day work of Notts officers.
Their actions drew praise from some but scenes drew criticism from others, including Alan Rhodes, leader of the Notts County Council Labour group. He said yesterday: "I'm pleased the force took it seriously and are keen to uphold professional standards.
"I don't think it needs to be pushed any further provided the officers concerned are happy with the way it was conducted."
Following the end of the series the Post ran a poll on the thisisnottingham.co.uk website asking for people's views.
Sixty per cent of the 943 who responded said Coppers had improved their perception of police officers, with 26 per cent saying it had worsened theirs.
A Notts Police spokesman said: "All officers concerned have been dealt with appropriately in accordance with Police regulations. No officers have been dismissed. To provide details of the specific instances would breach the rights of the parties concerned."