Hackney Pc dismissed over gross misconduct


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A police officer working in Hackney has been dismissed without notice following a gross misconduct hearing.

Pc Joseph Elliott, 27, faced allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, honesty and integrity and duties and responsibilities.

It was alleged he collided with a traffic island on September 4, 2013, while on duty and significantly damaged the police car’s two nearside tyres.

It was claimed he failed to report the incident appropriately or in accordance with the relevant driving procedures, and this allegation was proven as gross misconduct.

Two months later, while he was off-duty, Pc Elliott drove a car without a valid MOT or tax.

At a hearing last week, the Directorate of Professional Standards panel considered the whole range of disciplinary sanctions available and agreed that Pc Elliot’s actions “fell well below the standards expected” and that dismissal was the most appropriate outcome.

Scotland Yard said: “When an officer appears at a misconduct hearing they face allegations, and each one is taken on its own merit.

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“The officer admitted the second allegation of driving without a valid MOT and vehicle excise licence, and they took that into consideration and said he would get a final written warning.

“But because he did not report the police collision properly and did not adhere to the driver policy and company policy in terms of reporting things properly, he was dismissed. Then the final written warning became a bit of a moot point.”