Officers caught playing poker on duty

A south-east London neighborhood police team been axed after officers were caught playing poker and cleaning golf clubs, whilst on duty. Seven officers were either given the boot or resigned from Bromley’s Safer Neighbourhood Team in the Mottingham and Chislehurst North ward.

One sergeant and two PC’s were sacked after the Met found them guilty of gross miss conduct. One more PC and three community support officers resigned and then one more support officer was also given the sack.

A spokesperson from the Met said: ‘the disciplinary panel heard evidence that officers from the team had played backgammon and poker whilst on duty, watched TV in the office, frequently failed to go out on patrol, had not worked full tours of duty and also claimed overtime that had not been worked.

“In addition, one officer had gone out for runs during the working day whilst a further officer cleaned his golf clubs in the office.

‘these activities appear to have taken place at the expense of policing duties, such as patrolling the local area.”

Now it seems as though these seven former employees will have plenty of time to check out the latest ways to Spin and Win and many of the local community are said to not be at all happy with their antics.

Commander Allan Gibson, head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) Directorate of Professional Standards, said: ‘these officers let the whole of the service down with their behavior; but more importantly they let down their local community.

‘there is no place for lazy attitudes in the MPS and those who are found to be failing in their duties will be held to account.”


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