Young constable shot and killed during training exercise…
A police constable was shot dead due to safety failings during a firearms training session at a warehouse in Newton Heath, Manchester.
The 32-year-old accident victim was killed by a fellow officer as they were undergoing a simulated training event that put them in the situation of attempting to apprehend armed criminals. The accident victim had been assigned the role of one of the armed criminals and died after another officer used a shotgun to shoot him in the chest.
The police force that the man worked for, along with the officer responsible for the training, were both prosecuted for failing to ensure the safety of employees under their care. The training officer was found guilty of failing in his duty to provide a safe working environment, while the police force had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to monitor and supervise the training simulations to ensure they were carried out in a safe manner.
Although the death occurred over five years ago in June 2008, sentencing was finally passed today as Greater Manchester Police received a fine of £166,666 in addition to prosecution costs of £90,000 for breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The training officer was fined £2000 with costs amounting to £500 for breaching Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, after the court deemed he had been irresponsible in using live ammunition during a highly-charged training scenario.
HSE Principal Inspector, Mike Calcutt spoke after the hearing:
“The accident victim was a well liked and respected police officer, and a loving family man. He was shot and killed on a training exercise in Manchester by one of his colleagues. His death was entirely preventable.
“Today, the training officer has been found guilty of failing to protect his colleague by introducing dangerous and reckless elements into a training exercise.
“Greater Manchester Police accepted its failings and we welcomed their guilty plea earlier this year.
“Today is an important day for the victim’s family, who have suffered an ordeal nobody should have to endure and who have waited patiently in their search for justice.”
Author: Julian Roberts
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