THREE West Yorkshire Police officers are facing allegations of gross misconduct for their investigation into the death of three-year-old boy Riley Siswick.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Swift, Detective Inspector George Bardell and Police Constable Oliver Scoones are due to go before a misconduct hearing on Monday, September 16.

The officers initially investigated the murder of Riley, and are alleged to have breached professional standards of behaviour. If proven, they could be dismissed from the force.

The disciplinary hearing follows a ten month investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.


The three officers were involved in investigating the circumstances of Riley's death on February 6, 2016, and a referral was made to the IOPC in December that year by West Yorkshire Police in relation to the police investigation.

IOPC starting an investigation which was completed in October 2017, and found the three officers had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

West Yorkshire Police disagreed, and in January 2018 the IOPC directed a hearing should take place for a panel to decide if the case against the officers is proven.

Following a fresh investigation by West Yorkshire Police into Riley's death, Kyle Campbell and Kayleigh Siswick were charged on November 2018, and in June this year Campbell was found guilty of murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

He was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years. Siswick was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and jailed for seven years.

DCI Swift, DI Bardell and PC Scoones face allegations they failed to conduct a thorough investigation and prepared a report to a coroner that was incomplete or misleading.

Swift and Bardell also face an allegation they failed to supervise an investigation appropriately, and Scoones that he attempted to influence a witness over the evidence the witness provided.

If misconduct is proven, DCI Swift could also face an allegation of failing to follow correct policies and procedures, and PC Scoones that he failed to properly cooperate with social services.

The hearing is due to be held on Monday, September 16.