Conditional discharge for Surrey detention officer
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A Surrey Police detention officer has received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who was being detained in custody at the time.
Joanne Vickery, 47, pleaded guilty to the assault which took place in the custody suite at Staines police station on 22 October 2022 when she appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court earlier today (12 October).
The court heard how the woman had been brought into the Staines custody suite after being arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.
After being placed in a cell, she assaulted Vickery through the cell door. Vickery then went into the cell and assaulted her. This was captured on the custody suite’s CCTV and was reported after staff spotted it while they were downloading CCTV footage for another matter.
Vickery was placed on restricted duties while the investigation was carried out.
Following her conviction, disciplinary action will now be considered by the Force’s Professional Standards Department.
Head of the Professional Standards Department, Superintendent Andy Rundle, said: “Even though Vickery was assaulted first, criminal offences committed by our officers and staff simply cannot be condoned. Allegations against any of our officers or staff are always subject to a thorough investigation by our Professional Standards Department to ensure that those who do not meet the high standards expected of them to in order to maintain public trust and confidence are dealt with swiftly and robustly.
“Now that the court case has concluded, we will be considering disciplinary action against Vickery which will determine whether she has breached the policing standards of professional behaviour.”
“We recognise the impact this case will have both on the Surrey public and our own officers and staff, particularly with the current focus on standards. Thankfully, the majority of our officers and staff come to work each day to protect the public and do so with honesty and integrity.”
*Lucy Caird, 35, DOB 25/05/1988, was found guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and will be sentenced on 4 January 2024.