Officer charged over dog arrests that left suspects in hospital
An officer has been charged with wounding offences after complaints over how he used his police dog were investigated.
Police Constable Paul Jackson appeared before Preston Magistrates Court on Wednesday (May 30) facing five counts of wounding or causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer had faced complaints about the use of his police dog and alleged excessive force in a series of incidents between May 2015 and September 2016 that left several detainees in hospital.
He was accompanied by PC Paul Lockett, also of GMP, who was charged with aiding and abetting in relation to one of the Section 18 wounding charges.
Both officers are now due before Preston Crown Court on July 3.
The charges follow an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
An IOPC spokesperson said: “We provided evidence from our investigations to the Crown Prosecution Service, who made the decision to charge the officers.”