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Cambridgeshire officer cleared over off-duty nightclub incident

But IOPC is to progress gross misconduct with his force

The IOPC has said it is looking to progress a gross misconduct hearing for a DC after he was cleared in court of causing a racially aggravated public order offence.

DC Daniel Buckett, 37, was found not guilty on 21 November by a district judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

The hearing followed an IOPC investigation.

DC Buckett was alleged to have made a racial remark to a member of staff at a nightclub while on a night out with colleagues in Cambridge on 2 December 2021. He strongly denied the allegation.

The IOPC says it found DC Buckett had a case to answer for breaching multiple professional behaviour standards including honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy; equality and diversity; and conduct.

It added: "We found there was sufficient evidence, upon which a reasonable misconduct hearing, properly directed, could make a finding of gross misconduct. We will now progress that with the force."

The investigation, which was completed in three months, followed a conduct referral from Cambridgeshire Constabulary. 

A file of evidence was subsequently referred by us to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which made the decision to authorise the charge against the officer.

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