Raja Iqbal, 36, had told officer who pulled him over, 'come on mate, can’t we do anything?'
7 APRIL 2016 | BY NICK MCCARTHY FOR BIRMINGHAM MAIL
A special constable has been sacked by West Midlands Police after being found guilty of trying to avoid a motoring fine by flashing his warrant card.
Raja Iqbal, 36, was pulled over in Aston last April for driving his Mercedes without an MOT.
But he flashed his police warrant card to a traffic officer and when told he would be fined said: “Come on mate, can’t we do anything?”
The Shard End-based officer admitted one breach of discreditable conduct but denied a breach of honesty and integrity at a misconduct hearing.
But the panel ruled that the officer, a volunteer with the force for eight years, was guilty of gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.
The panel was told by Nicholas Wilcox, on behalf of the force, that Mr Iqbal was followed from Erdington on the afternoon of April 20 after he was seen to be fiddling with his seatbelt.
The officer conducted a police national computer check on the vehicle, which showed that its MOT certificate had expired four months earlier.
Mr Iqbal was pulled over in Aston Hall Road and he produced his warrant card after being asked to join the officer in the back of his police vehicle.
He also made a comment that his “gaffer would not be very pleased with him” and when asked about the MOT said “I’ll get it booked today, you know I work the beat yeah.”
Mr Iqbal was officially cautioned in the back of the vehicle for driving without an MOT test certificate and was told that he would be fined £100, to which he responded: “Come on mate, can’t we do anything?”
The panel was told that the special constable did not report the caution to his superiors.
Mr Wilcox told the panel that in interview with the force’s Professional Standards department, Mr Iqbal said he had made the “come on mate” comment without thinking and had not intended to influence the officer.
Mr Iqbal said he had produced the warrant card to the police officer to “reassure him that he was dealing with a law-abiding member of the public.”
The panel was told he had not completed a shift for the force since December 2014 and had tendered his resignation before the incident had taken place, citing personal circumstances.
In mitigation for the officer, who did not attend the hearing, Police Federation representative John Tooms said: “He admits a breach in relation to discreditable conduct, but denies a breach of honesty and integrity.
“He maintains that his actions amount to misconduct but does not accept they amount to gross misconduct. He accepts that he placed the officer in a difficult position, but it was not his intention to do so.
“The vehicle was taken to a car garage on the same day that he was stopped, an MOT was obtained and the fine was paid in full.”
Chair of the panel, Collin Phillips, said the officer would be dismissed without notice and added the public expected police officers and staff to act with integrity and honesty whilst on and off duty.