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Officer dismissed from MPS for gross misconduct

March 8, 2013, 12:00 pm

An officer was dismissed yesterday for gross misconduct in relation to
authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

On 19 March 2012 colleagues of PC Kevin Hughes, who was based on a
tasking team in Newham, brought his behaviour and that of a second
officer to the attention of the senior management.

The matter was voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints
Commission (IPCC) who conducted an independent investigation. Both
officers were subsequently summonsed for racially aggravated offences
under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and found not guilty on 29
November at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Following a misconduct hearing that concluded yesterday, PC Hughes has
been dismissed and the second officer has received a final written
warning.

Commander Allan Gibson, MPS, Directorate of Professional Standards said:

“As soon as the actions of these officers were brought to the attention
of the Directorate of Professional Standards the matter was voluntarily
referred to the IPCC.

“The Commissioner has made it quite clear that racism is not acceptable
within the Met, this is a view supported by the majority of officers and
staff, which has been demonstrated by those who were prepared to
challenge PC Hughes.

“The public have an absolute right to expect that officers serving with
the MPS treat them and their colleagues with respect and courtesy and
that they do not hold discriminatory opinions.

“PC Hughes has now been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Although the case against the second officer was found proven the panel
took into account the opinion of a witness that the second officer did
not intend to cause offence and he was issued with a final written
warning.

 
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