Police officer is guilty of misconduct after only cautioning care home worker who cruelly abused 68-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer
- Woman was filmed being mistreated by two members of care home staff
- Police received footage but family complained after subsequent probe
- IPCC has ruled that officer should be punished over handling of incident
A police officer has been found guilty of misconduct after a pensioner was cruelly abused by care home staff.
A complaint was made about the female officer by the daughter of the pensioner, 68, who was mistreated by two employees at The Ridings Care Home in Birmingham.
Rachael McDonald set up a camera in the room of her mother Bridget and caught care workers Adam Hunt and Rachel Pritchard in the act.
Attack: Rachael McDonald set up a camera in the room of her mother Bridget and caught Adam Hunt and Rachel Pritchard being abusive (pictured)
Pictured: Sisters Rachael and Amy McDonald who successfully lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission
Adam Hunt was dismissed for his part in the abuse but despite the family pressing police for a common assault charge in court he was handed just a caution.
The family were not satisfied with the subsequent investigation into Hunt’s abusive behaviour and filed a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) against the West Midlands Police officer.
Mrs McDonald said she believed the officer had not taken her family’s concerns about the disposal of the offence, by way of caution, into account.
Speaking after a tribunal today, she said she was satisfied with the report by the IPCC which ruled that disciplinary action needed to be taken.
Mrs McDonald, aged 38, said: ‘I am satisfied with the IPCC investigation.
‘I never wanted to see the police officer sacked but I did want to see her brought to account and a misconduct offence is appropriate.
‘We wanted Mr Hunt to be charged with common assault and we pressed the officer to do this. Instead he was given just a caution and we never got to see him in court.
‘The officer will be required to carry out extra training to ensure this never happens to another family again.’
Grievance: Mrs McDonald complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after Hunt (pictured) received only a caution
Unhappy: Mrs McDonald did not think the subsequent investigation into the incident (pictured) was carried out in the correct way
The IPCC examined whether the force engaged appropriately with the victim’s family before the caution was issued and whether the decision to caution the offender was made in accordance with the relevant legislation, guidance and local and national policy.
The matter was referred by West Midlands Police to the IPCC on September 29 last year.
Following conclusion of the investigation the force agreed with the IPCC’s recommendations that a police constable had a case to answer for misconduct.
Scene: The incident took place at The Ridings Care Home in Birmingham and was captured on a concealed camera
This was in respect of her failure to ensure that the family’s concerns about disposal of the offence by way of caution were taken into account and her failure to keep a written plan detailing contact with the family over the investigation’s progress.
The force decided that the police officer should receive management action involving advice from a senior officer over her handling of the matter and relevant responsibilities.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: ‘Following the findings of the IPCC investigation, management action will be given to the officer in due course.’
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