Police admit mistakes over PC Harwood trial

Croydon Guardian: PC Simon Harwood, from Carshalton PC Simon Harwood, from Carshalton

Met Police bosses have admitted failing to keep adequate disciplinary records of an officer cleared of manslaughter.

Deputy assistant commissioner Maxine de Brunner spoke following the trial of PC Simon Harwood yesterday, in which he was cleared of the manslaughter of 47-year-old Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in 2009.

It has been revealed 10 complaints were made against PC Harwood in 12 years prior to the G20 incident , with the Carshalton-based officer retiring in 2001 to avoid facing discipline over a road rage incident.

He joined Croydon police in a civilian capacity just three days later and in 2003 was made a constable with Surrey Police.

She said: "From the outset we have done all we can to assist both the City of London investigation and then the IPCC investigation. The evidence has now been put before the jury and they have reached their decision.

"It has always been the intention of the Metropolitan Police Service to hold the misconduct hearing as soon as possible, this was delayed pending the outcome of the trial. “Papers were served on PC Harwood in November 2010 informing him of the intention to proceed to a gross misconduct hearing.

"Following the conclusion of the trial of PC Harwood we will now need to review the misconduct case against him, as required by the Home Office guidance.

“PC Harwood had previously served with the Metropolitan Police Service as well as Surrey Police. The details of his previous employment were examined at the Inquest in to Ian Tomlinson’s death. It is clear that insufficient recording and checks meant that detailed information regarding the officer’s misconduct history was not shared at key points. We got that wrong.

“Since then there have been huge changes to vetting processes. Now all applicants, including officers applying to becoming police staff as well those re-joining or transferring from other police services, are formally vetted and this involves a full misconduct intelligence check.

"Our sympathies are with the family of Mr Tomlinson and I will endeavour to ensure they are fully updated of any future actions with regard to PC Harwood."

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10:21am Fri 20 Jul 12

Racnipeels says...

This guy is the worst of the worst and should be kicked out of Croydon, He is a murderer and nothing else.
He even beats that bent cop PC Perry Lathwood to croydon's worst copper.
This guy is the worst of the worst and should be kicked out of Croydon, He is a murderer and nothing else. He even beats that bent cop PC Perry Lathwood to croydon's worst copper. Racnipeels
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1:03pm Fri 20 Jul 12

snowwhite123 says...

Hope the family do pursue this, as I certainly behind them. I cant stand BENT coppers.
Hope the family do pursue this, as I certainly behind them. I cant stand BENT coppers. snowwhite123
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1:54pm Fri 20 Jul 12

GR-London says...

I don't know if it applies here, but wasn't the law changed? I thought that someone could be tried again for the same crime if new evidence comes to light?

If the public are to have any confidence in the justice system, then justice must be seen to be working. It's clear that justice can be a complete farce on occasions.

I will be extra careful in future, when I am walking away from the police with my hands in my pockets, just in case they see that as a threat and feel the need to launch an attack on me.
I don't know if it applies here, but wasn't the law changed? I thought that someone could be tried again for the same crime if new evidence comes to light? If the public are to have any confidence in the justice system, then justice must be seen to be working. It's clear that justice can be a complete farce on occasions. I will be extra careful in future, when I am walking away from the police with my hands in my pockets, just in case they see that as a threat and feel the need to launch an attack on me. GR-London
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2:18pm Fri 20 Jul 12

I hope not says...

GR-London - yes the double jeopardy law is in force now, but no new evidence has come to light that would warrant a re-trial.
GR-London - yes the double jeopardy law is in force now, but no new evidence has come to light that would warrant a re-trial. I hope not
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10:41am Sat 21 Jul 12

Have your say says...

Ten complaints against him and nothing proved, this doesnt make him a bad cop, it shows he was an active frontline cop, something you dont see now at all. The more people you arrest the more complaints you get...stands to reason. Yes he pushed the guy over, he didnt bash him over the head with his baton, Tomlinson was being a complete idiot that day taunting officers who had been under severe threats and attacks. Funny how his son jumps on the bandwagon when he never wanted to know his dad for many years leading up to this.
Ten complaints against him and nothing proved, this doesnt make him a bad cop, it shows he was an active frontline cop, something you dont see now at all. The more people you arrest the more complaints you get...stands to reason. Yes he pushed the guy over, he didnt bash him over the head with his baton, Tomlinson was being a complete idiot that day taunting officers who had been under severe threats and attacks. Funny how his son jumps on the bandwagon when he never wanted to know his dad for many years leading up to this. Have your say
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9:12am Tue 24 Jul 12

Elle81 says...

I knew this guy would get off! He's a disgusting bully & I hope Mr Tomlinsons family persue their case. How his wife stands by him is beyond me!
I knew this guy would get off! He's a disgusting bully & I hope Mr Tomlinsons family persue their case. How his wife stands by him is beyond me! Elle81
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6:13pm Tue 24 Jul 12

Surreydon says...

Elle81 wrote:
I knew this guy would get off! He's a disgusting bully & I hope Mr Tomlinsons family persue their case. How his wife stands by him is beyond me!
Of course the Tomlinsons will persue their case/compensation claim. Pity they didn't want to know Ian Tomlinson when he was alive!
[quote][p][bold]Elle81[/bold] wrote: I knew this guy would get off! He's a disgusting bully & I hope Mr Tomlinsons family persue their case. How his wife stands by him is beyond me![/p][/quote]Of course the Tomlinsons will persue their case/compensation claim. Pity they didn't want to know Ian Tomlinson when he was alive! Surreydon
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