Off-duty police officer attacked colleague in Shrewsbury centre while under influence of alcohol

A police officer who attacked one of his colleagues on a night out while under the influence of alcohol would have been sacked if he had not already resigned, a misconduct hearing ruled.

The incident happened while Samuel Sneade was off-duty and under the influence of alcohol in Shrewsbury town centre on the night of October 12 into the early hours of October 13, 2022.

He was arrested and suspended from duty on October 14. On December 7, 2022, he accepted a caution and an accelerated misconduct process was progressed.

An Accelerated Misconduct Hearing held earlier today has found the former West Mercia Police Pc would have been sacked from the force had he not already resigned.

The hearing, chaired by Chief Constable Pippa Mills, heard Sneade had accepted a simple caution for common assault after he assaulted one his colleagues.

The panel found his behaviour was a serious breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct and amounted to gross misconduct.

Sneade, who was a Pc based in Shrewsbury, has since resigned from the force, however, had he still been employed by West Mercia Police he would be sacked without notice.

Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: "We are determined to rid West Mercia Police of those whose behaviour does not uphold our professional standards of behaviour whether they are on or off duty.

“Samuel Sneade fully understands the challenges of being a police officer and the difficulties officers face on a daily basis yet he showed complete disregard for his colleagues.

“The public should have confidence that we will continue to root out those intent on bringing the police service into disrepute.”

He has also been added to the College of Policing Barred List preventing him from ever working for a UK police service in the future.

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