A Met officer who was found guilty of assault following an on duty incident has been dismissed without notice following a Special Case Hearing.
The hearing was held on Tuesday, 31 May and chaired by Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson.
After considering all the evidence, it was concluded that PC Jack Wood, attached to East Area Command Unit, had breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to ‘discreditable conduct’ and ‘use of force’.
On 5 January 2020, PC Wood was on duty in Romford when he responded to reports of a fight. During the incident, a 26-year-old man sustained lacerations to his head as a result of a baton strike.
A second man, also 26, was physically restrained.
The Met subsequently received a formal complaint about the force used by the officers. Following a review of the available evidence, it was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
In July 2020, following an independent investigation by the IOPC and a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service, PC Wood was charged.
On Thursday, 3 June 2021 PC Jack Wood, attached to East Area Command Unit was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £122.
This followed his conviction for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating following a trial which began at Hendon Magistrates’ Court and concluded at City of London Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 14 May 2021.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, East Area Borough Commander said: “The Met has no place for officers who misuse the powers entrusted to us. While police officers have powers that allow them to use force, it is expected and demanded that officers use those powers in a reasonable, proportionate and lawful way. It is clear that in this incident these standards were not met. PC Jack Wood has been held to account criminally and now via misconduct proceedings which have seen him dismissed from the Met.”
PC Wood will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the IOPC or HMIC.