Police misconduct: CCTV footage of David Hill in custody will be used to train other officers

CCTV footage of David Hill's time in custody is being used to train other officers how not to treat drunk detainees.



His widow, Georgina Hill, has agreed the CCTV footage can be used to train officers in other parts of the country on the signs to look out for in the duty of care they have towards prisoners.

Following the conclusion of the hearing yesterday in which two officers were found guilty of gross misconduct and another of misconduct, representatives for Mrs Hill said in a statement: "The published policy of Humberside Police required the police to refer Mr Hill to hospital, rather than detain him in custody.

Misconduct CCTV used police training

CCTV footage of David Hill’s time in custody is being used to train other officers.
Picture: West Midlands Police

“Mr Hill was not in a fit state to be held in custody. He should have been transferred to hospital rather than being placed in a cell.

“The Humberside Police Practice Direction gives guidance that should a detained individual either be unconscious or falling into unconsciousness then this should be treated as a medical emergency and an ambulance called.”

Guidance states: “Detainees should be able to walk to the cell and say a few words. If not, they should not be put in a cell but should instead be transferred to hospital.”

More of the news you’re reading in Grimsby today Mr Hill’s family said that had he been taken to hospital he would have been cared for and regained consciousness and recovered.

Mrs Hill worked full-time as a fish packer in a local factory in Grimsby but is currently on sick leave.

The statement from Mrs Hill’s representatives added: “The appalling way in which Mr Hill was dealt with at the police station was evident from the CCTV footage.”

It will be used so that lessons can be learnt from the events that led to her husband’s death.

The statement said: “It is quite clear from the footage that the deceased was not treated with the respect or care that he was entitled to expect from police officers.”

For Sergeant Mortimer, Jason Pitter said his client had apologised to Mrs Hill.

He said he also apologised for the embarrassment caused to his Force for the publicity the case had attracted.

He said he was a “caring, compassionate and concerned officer”.

For PCs Turner and Gowan, Adam Birkby said his clients’ mistake had been “borne out of their experience of dealing with people in drink”.

He added it was an isolated incident.

After the announcement that Mrs Hill was taking civil action against Chief Constable Justine Curran, Humberside Police’s Head of Professional Standards, Chief Superintendent Judi Heaton, said: “As there are ongoing proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”

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