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A former Dyfed-Powys Police officer who stole a battery from a crashed car has been placed on the College of Policing barred list following an Accelerated Misconduct Hearing.
On Saturday the 23rd of January 2021, whilst on duty, Oliver George West attended the scene of a road traffic collision (RTC) on the Pembrey to Trimsaran road in Carmarthenshire.
While at the scene the former officer removed the battery from the vehicle involved in the collision without any permission from the owners or any lawful policing authority or purpose and took it home for his own personal use.
The matter was brought to the attention of the officer’s supervisors on the 7th of February 2021 and an investigation was launched by the force’s Professional Standards Department, which resulted in the officer being suspended from duty on the 11th of February 2021.
West was charged with an offence of theft from a motor vehicle and pleaded guilty to the offence at on the 1st of July 2021.
He was sentenced at Swansea magistrates court on the 30th of July 2021 where he was given a Community Order and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge fee.
West resigned from the force effective from the 28th of July 2021 and on the 2nd of September 2021 he appeared before an ‘Accelerated Misconduct Hearing’ chaired by Temporary Chief Constable Claire Parmenter.
He admitted Gross Misconduct and the chair found that the former officer would have been dismissed had he still been a member of the police force.
As a result, he will now be placed on the College of Policing barred list which will prevent him from being employed in any police force or other specified law enforcement body in the future.
Dyfed-Powys Police expects the highest standards of honesty and integrity from all officers and staff and any alleged breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour will be dealt with appropriately.