Fedster + 1,307 Posted August 1, 2018 Share Posted August 1, 2018 Head of misconduct panel says purpose of hearing is not to punish officers. Date - 1st August 2018 By - JJ Hutber at the Empress State Building 1 Comment A constable who could have been dismissed because he failed to pay for his train ticket as he rushed to get to work has been given another chance. PC Giorgos Gkionis sprinted through open barriers at Surbiton train station, south-west London, when running late for his shift on September 6 last year. The 29-year-old was caught without a valid rail pass by a South West Trains revenue officer at Wimbledon station. A misconduct panel found allegations of gross misconduct proven against the Metropolitan Police officer on Tuesday. Pravin Fernando, legal representative for the force, said PC Gkionis’ borough commander at Kensington and Chelsea does not want him back and he does not see how the officer can fulfil any role as a constable in the force with gross misconduct on his record. But Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the homicide and major crime command, told the hearing earlier that he had been "blown away" by the PC’s work ethic and natural flair for detective work during two separate attachments to the unit. Misconduct panel chairwoman Judith Gribble said: “Our analysis is PC Gkionis was under time pressure. He wished not to be late for work and made a very serious error of judgement. He rectified this error on being challenged. “He should have reported this and did not. His actions on September 6 are serious and he only has himself to blame. “An aggravating factor is his previous fixed penalty notice, albeit from a different circumstance. “It was a catastrophic error in judgement. He was anxious to be late for work and we accept this demonstrates commendable dedication. “We note his impressive references and passion for his job. “We take account of his relatively young age and relatively short time in the Metropolitan Police.” She added: “The purpose of sanction is not punishment. It is to retain public confidence in the police service. “Our view is that the public would view such breaches in these circumstances as a serious breach of misconduct but we appreciate the need for a proportionate response. “We find the outcome to be final written warning.” PC Gkionis was given his first fixed penalty notice on his second day of police training in July 2015. Ms Gribble said she accepted his account that he was unfamiliar with London’s public transport system and mistakenly believed he would not need to buy a full Zones 1-6 travelcard as he was only passing through the central zones. But PC Gkionis’ former sergeant Alasdair Campbell said he had no recollection of the officer at all and no memory of PC Gkionis reporting the fine to him. Ms Gribble refused to accept PC Gkionis’ claim he had reported either the 2015 or 2017 penalties to his line managers. She was also unconvinced PC Gkionis intended to pay for his ticket to Wimbledon or that he showed Mr Punnett his warrant card because he is a plain clothes officer and wanted to prove he is a “legitimate person.” He was hoping to be “waived on”, she said. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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