A Leicestershire Police officer has been sacked after he failed a drugs test and did not report that someone he knew was committing criminal offences.
3 MARCH 2016 | BY Ciaran Fagan FOR Leicester Mercury
The detective inspector – whose identity has not been made public – was dismissed on Tuesday after a misconduct hearing at force headquarters, in Enderby.
The hearing was held in private, despite a recent Government ruling that misconduct hearings should, in most cases, be open to the press and public.
The force said it was entitled to hold the hearing as a private session under national police misconduct proceedings regulations, but did not explain why.
However, it made the outcome public in a brief statement.
It confirmed the officer, who was holding the rank of detective inspector temporarily, had been found guilty of gross misconduct and sacked on the spot.
The statement said the officer had breached standards by:
- failing to report an association with a person convicted of an offence
- failing to report information that an associate was committing criminal offences
- provided false information on a vetting application
- purchased, had possession of, and tested positive for, steroids, a class C drug
Detective Superintendent Martyn Ball, of the force’s professional standards department, said: “Every member of the force is expected to act with the utmost professionalism and integrity both on and off duty.
“The police service has to be the home of the highest standards of behaviour and decision making.
“The public expects nothing less and their confidence in us depends on our staff acting in a way that is honest, open and beyond reproach.
“This officer’s actions were at serious odds with these standards and this has resulted in the Chief Constable’s decision to dismiss him with immediate effect.
“I hope this result sends out a clear message to the public, our officers and staff that we take such misconduct very seriously and we will fully and robustly investigate such allegations.”
In December last year, a constable became the first Leicestershire officer to be the subject of misconduct proceedings open to the public.
She was dismissed after a panel of senior officers agreed she had lied about the behaviour of a member of the public who had filmed her on his phone while she and colleagues were dealing with a complaint he was drunk and disorderly.
Announcing the decision to hold sessions in public, Home Secretary Theresa May said last year:”The public needs to have confidence that the complaints system is fair and effective and that the disciplinary system effectively holds corrupt officers, or those who are guilty of misconduct, to account for their actions.”