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Surrey Police officer found guilty of assault

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Surrey Police officer found guilty of assault

Published at 10:22am 27th February 2020. (Updated at 5:28pm 27th February 2020)

A serving Surrey Police officer has been found guilty of common assault after an incident at a Guildford nightclub.

It happened on 19 September 2019 at Popworld in Bridge Street in the town centre while PC Sam Gerrard, based at Woking police station, was off duty.

He assaulted a member of the public whom he had accused of stealing his bank card.

He was arrested at the scene after passing officers were flagged down.

PC Gerrard appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court for a two-day trial which ended on Tuesday (25 February).

The 33-year-old was found not guilty of public order.

He will be sentenced on 23 March.

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Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Nev Kemp said officers "should never behave in this way":

"This incident was wholly unprofessional and not in keeping with what we expect of our officers and staff or what the public expect from us.

“On or off duty, police officers should never behave in this way and I am pleased that the officers who were flagged down dealt with a colleague professionally and without any fear or favour.”

Surrey Police said misconduct proceedings will now start.