Two officers from the Diplomatic Protection Group (SO6) have been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service following a misconduct hearing held on Thursday, 18 December.
At the gross misconduct hearing, a 34-year-old PC [B] and a 36-year-old PC [D], faced allegations in respect of Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy and heard the appropriate authority’s submissions regarding the breach of Integrity only.
The Chair and panel accepted the officers’ admittance of Gross Misconduct and found proved the breach of integrity.
The officers were dismissed without notice.
In Phase 1 of the investigation, the DPS arrested three police constables from the Diplomatic Protection Group (SO6) on suspicion of being involved in the possession and distribution of obscene images via mobile phones:
– Officer [A] James Addison was charged, convicted and dismissed on 13 June 2014.
– Officer [B] was arrested on 19 December 2013 and was no further action taken in February 2014 in relation to criminal matters.
– Officer [C] resigned from the service in August. The misconduct matter against him has been stayed but kept on file.
Officer [D] was not arrested – but was interviewed under caution in January and no further action taken in relation to criminal matters.
Under Phase 2 of Operation Agnes, a DPS investigation into DPG officers receiving obscene images and failing to report the incidents to a supervisor:
Ten officers were no further actioned in relation to the misconduct allegations and are no longer on restricted duties. Eight were DPG officers and two were from Territorial Policing.
These dismissals now conclude the matters of this case.
Detective Chief Superintendent Alaric Bonthron, said: ”The sharing of these images is completely unacceptable. Officers are expected to uphold the standards of the Met Police and when they fail to do so – they will be investigated. Where officers fail to act within the law it undermines the trust and confidence the public have in the service as a whole.”