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Gypsy Liaison police officers Sacha Azizi, Daniel Baker and Jai Shoker face misconduct over unlawful entry

By Ed McConnell

Two police officers who allegedly unlawfully entered and searched a property and abused the occupants will face a gross misconduct hearing.

A third officer will also appear accused of making a misleading statement in relation to the incident.

PCs Sacha Azizi, Daniel Baker and Jai Shoker, of Kent Police’s Gypsy Liaison Team, attended a property in Chatham to locate and arrest a woman in relation to an arson in May 2017.

Three officers face misconduct allegations
Three officers face misconduct allegations

During the visit it is alleged that constable Azizi misled the occupant into believing the officers had a warrant and that PC Baker failed to challenge this remark.

They are said to have continued to search the property despite the occupant repeatedly asking them to leave.

Upon leaving, it is alleged that PC Azizi made derogatory comments towards the occupants and that PC Baker failed to challenge these.

It is also alleged that PC Shoker gave a misleading account of the incident.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) carried out an investigation, which was completed last June, and concluded the three officers have cases to answer for gross misconduct.

PCs Azizi and Baker face charges of breaches relating to authority, respect and courtesy; discreditable conduct; duties and responsibilities; and honesty and integrity. It is also alleged that PC Baker breached Standards of Professional Behaviour for failing to challenge and reported improper conduct.

PC Shoker is alleged to have given a misleading account during the investigation, and prior to the referral to the IOPC, and therefore breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity.

The hearing will be held at Kent Police Headquarters, in Sutton Road, Maidstone, from Monday.

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