DYFED-Powys Police have released a statement after the sentencing of former Newtown officer Jonathan Reynolds.

Reynolds, 35, was given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of two assault charges, after an incident in May 2019, when he used incapacitant spray from close-range on a handcuffed detainee in Newtown town centre, then pushed him with force at the town's police station.

You can read the details of that case here

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, Mark Collins said: “Former PC Jonathan Reynolds has today been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, following his conviction on two counts of common assault, that occurred whilst he was on duty as a police constable on May 27, 2019. His actions on that day were unacceptable, and such behaviour will not be tolerated.

“He was the subject of a Professional Standards investigation in relation to the matters for which he appeared in court, which culminated in him appearing before a misconduct hearing on Friday, June 19.

"At the conclusion of the hearing, it was determined that former PC Reynolds would have been dismissed instantly had he still been a member of the police force. This outcome will ensure that he is included on the College of Policing Barred List, which will prohibit him from working within policing in future.

“Dyfed-Powys Police expects and demands the highest standards of professional behaviour from its officers and staff. Police officers are rightly held to a high standard of behaviour because they are trusted by our communities to conduct enquiries and investigations with respect, and to treat with dignity members of the public they come into contact with.

“Dyfed-Powys Police as an organisation advocates positive action in respect of any behaviour which falls below the standards expected. The force encourages both members of the public and colleagues to report any concerns in respect of the conduct of officers or staff so that appropriate action can be taken. You can report concerns on our website: https://bit.ly/30SZkUm ”