Former police officer who breached alcohol limit while on call would have been sacked

Former PC Weir committed a serious breach of the standards of professional behaviour, amounting to gross misconduct, a hearing has found
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A former police officer who was found over the required alcohol limit while on-call would have been sacked if he had not resigned, an accelerated misconduct hearing found. The hearing held today (Friday, June 7) heard that fomer PC Weir, who resigned from West Mercia Police in September last year, committed a serious breach of the standards of professional behaviour, amounting to gross misconduct.

It was alleged that PC Billy Weir was on call within task force as a firearms officer on August 5, 2023. There was cause of a breath test to be conducted and the former officer was found to be three-times over the limit for an officer in a safety critical role. His test read 43 micrograms per 100ml, with the limit set at 13 micrograms.

Weir resigned from the force on September 29, 2023 but today's hearing, chaired by Temporary Chief Constable Alex Murray, found that he would have been sacked if he had not resigned. The panel found his behaviour was a serious breach of the standards of professional behaviour and amounted to gross misconduct.

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T/CC Alex Murray said: “When officers are on-call it is important that they remain fit for duty. This was not the case in this instance. Officers and staff are held to a high standard of professional behaviour both on and off duty, which the public rightfully expect. If they fall below these standards then we will take action."

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