A south London police officer has been jailed for over two years after reportedly assaulting his female partner amid a coercive relationship.
PC Jamie Rayner, 27, who is attached to the South Area Command Unit, was sentenced to two years and three months’ at a hearing at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday (November 4).
He previously pleaded guilty to ‘assault causing actual bodily harm’ and ‘engaging in controlling/coercive behaviour’.
The Met Police described how PC Rayner was arrested on March 24, and later charged with the offences, which they said were committed “off duty between 18 and 21 March”.
PC Rayner reportedly committed the offences, which were described by a senior Met officer as “totally unacceptable”, against his female partner – another serving Met Police officer.
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, in charge of policing for Bromley, Croydon and Sutton, said: “PC Rayner’s actions are totally unacceptable and fall far short of the standards we expect in our organisation. Moreover, this shocking behaviour undermines the public’s confidence and trust. No one should be in any doubt that my officers and I are completely committed to investigating cases of controlling and coercive behaviour and, as in this case, will provide specialist support to those who come forward and report this type of crime.”
He added: “I have no doubt that it might be difficult or frightening to come forward but I want anyone who has experienced this to know that we will take your report seriously, and do everything in our power to help. All of us in the Met know we need to continue to build public confidence in this area, and we will deal with issues which involve police officers in a robust and transparent way through criminal and misconduct routes.”
The Met continue to face a crisis of confidence with the public following the jailing of the officer who kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard, and a number of other misconduct cases linked to serving officers that have emerged recently.