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Former DC 2558 Godfrey was subject of a misconduct hearing on the 21st August 2020.
The panel considered allegations that (a) the former officer was found to have produced a witness statement purporting to have taken it from a resident of South Yorkshire, when in fact he had never met the said resident. The former officer then provided a fictitious story to his supervisor regarding the statement, intending to mislead the supervisor. (b) on or around 50 occasions between April and December 2018, the former officer used South Yorkshire Police vehicles in circumstances where he had no legitimate policing purpose for doing so.
The hearing was chaired by the Chief Constable who decided that both aspects of the conduct were proven and amounted to gross misconduct, in relation to Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct. Had the officer still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed without notice.
The officer has been placed on the Barred List with the College of Policing.