Dozens of police officers have been dismissed over the past year – for everything from trying to blag free entry into a nightclub to ‘internet paedophile activity’.
One sergeant resigned ahead of his disciplinary hearing after being rumbled for pulling a sickie when abroad and a detective was dismissed for the ‘theft of handbags’.
And questions have been raised about the number of officers resigning before they could be punished.
The force said in a statement: ‘The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to delivering a professional service and we expect our employees to behave professionally and with the utmost integrity at all times, whether on or off duty.’
A spokesman added many officers involved in the most serious disciplinary matters faced criminal proceedings and the PC sacked for ‘internet paedophile activity’ was now believed to be in jail.
Another PC who was in a ‘relationship with police cadet’ quit before any action could be taken. A PC who gambled while on duty also stood down before their hearing.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, said: ‘I am very surprised by the number of officers who were able to resign to avoid justice. Hearings must be taken to their conclusion notwithstanding the officer’s departure from the force.’
A PC was given a final warning for hitting a female friend in the face during an argument. Another PC was sacked for holding their ex-partner’s ten-year-old child in a headlock.
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