Two Essex Police officers have been dismissed for gross misconduct.
A panel heard how traffic officers Pc Joanne Jeggo and Pc John Simpson, based at Stanway, were on duty on October 30, 2014, when a call came in and they were asked to attend a report of a pedestrian walking on the A12 near Chelmsford.
They went to the area and carried out a search but did not find the man. Subsequently a pedestrian, Kyle Brooks, was hit and killed on the A12.
The hearing was told how the officers provided written and verbal statements stating they had sought more information about the location to assist with their search but these were found to be false.
After the hearing, Mark Gilmartin, Director of Support Services at both Essex and Kent Police, told Radio Essex: “These officers responded to a call and carried out a search but failed to find a man reported to be walking on one of the main roads in the county. The panel heard strong evidence of the officers previous exemplary records and the panel were left in no doubt that they were highly regarded by their line managers and peers.
“They have been dismissed because they were found to have lied. They were shown not to have followed the fundamental values expected of officers to maintain public confidence in policing. In order to maintain the highest standards, the panel believed that dismissal without notice was the most appropriate sanction.”