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Jailed officer dismissed from MPS

November 20, 2012, 5:24 pm

A serving Metropolitan Police officer jailed for theft earlier this
month has now been formerly dismissed.

PC Ian Scouler, 46 (13/2/66) was found guilty of theft on 7 November at
Southwark Crown Court and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Yesterday, Monday 19 November he was formally dismissed from the
Metropolitan Police Service.

PC Kenneth Potter, 30 (2/3/82) pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to
one count of theft and one count of handling stolen goods. He received a
five month sentence for both counts, to run concurrent.

PC Potter put in a formal request to resign in June 2012, which was

The pair were based on the Disruption Unit at Plumstead Police Station,
Greenwich Borough. In 2010 and 2011 police received several complaints
from the public regarding theft of money and property in cases handled
by the unit, where addresses were searched or members of the public were
stopped and searched on the street.

The Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) Anti Corruption Team
launched an investigation, which was managed by the Independent Police
Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Officers from the DPS carried out a covert operation and gathered
evidence against the two officers. They were both arrested on the 12
October 2011 and suspended from duty. They were subsequently charged on
the 26 January 2012.

PC Scouler remained suspended pending the outcome of his trial and now
been dismissed from the service.

Commander Allan Gibson, of the Directorate of Professional Standards,

“Where we have intelligence that officers may be breaking the law, we
will be proactive and run covert operations to identify corruption.

“Both these men are now out of the police service and sitting in prison
having been found guilty of theft. The prosecution case was based on
evidence gathered by the Directorate of Professional Standards.”

“There is no place for criminals in the Met and the Directorate of
Professional Standards will put anyone who thinks they are above the law
before the courts.”

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