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Sack for 'exemplary' Stansted Airport police officer who tasered colleague

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A Stansted Airport police officer has been dismissed after a misconduct hearing was told he tasered a colleague.

PC Christopher Philpott discharged the device – which fires barbs attached by wires to batteries, causing temporary paralysis – into the leg of another member of the Essex force in police premises on March 16. There were no members of the public present at the time.

Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington chaired an accelerated misconduct hearing on Friday November 6.

Stansted Airport terminal (43106734)
Stansted Airport terminal (43106734)

It found PC Philpott had breached standards of professional behaviour relating to use of force and discreditable conduct.

The officer, who was based at the airport's police station, was dismissed and will be placed on the College of Policing barred list.

Chief Constable Harrington said: "While PC Philpott was of previously exemplary character there is no justification for the use of such force. His actions were completely reckless.

"Use of a taser is a significant use of force. Officers trained to carry and use one are entrusted with the highest levels of responsibility to ensure they are only used where it's believed to be absolutely necessary to resolve a dangerous situation.

"The public in Essex and across the country rightly expect the very highest standards of conduct from our officers. PC Philpott's actions seriously risk undermining the trust and confidence communities place in the police to keep them safe."

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