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PC dismissed for breaching confidentiality

News   •   Aug 07, 2017 13:10 BST

On Thursday, 27 July a police officer was dismissed following a misconduct hearing.

Police Constable Matthew Sherratt, an officer attached to North Area Command Unit, was formally dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service following a Special Case misconduct hearing.

The officer faced charges of a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘Confidentiality’ when he recorded and shared a police intelligence briefing with a person not employed by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The panel found the allegation proven and that the officer had breached the standards of professional behaviour in such a serious way that this amounted to gross misconduct. The chair determined that the only appropriate sanction was dismissal without notice.

Chair Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said: “The officer has shared police intelligence including personal details of many offenders that presents immediate risk of compromise to police operations and undermines public trust in the police.

“The officer has recently had training that included instructions on confidentiality of data/information and I therefore determine that dismissal without notice was the only option I felt to be appropriate.”