Boris’s campaign against drugs is starting at home as a former Met officer has had allegations of gross misconduct against him proven following a hearing which concluded on 22 December. Former PC Wayne Dalphinis, attached to the Met’s North East Command Unit, was issued with a Community Resolution in July 2021 after being found with class A drugs on his possession while off duty at an amusement park earlier the same month.
The panel found that the allegation he breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct proven.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball ruled that the officer, who resigned from the Met in September, would have been dismissed without notice if he was still serving. Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, in charge of policing for Newham and Waltham Forest, said: “We expect our officers to uphold the highest standards, whether on or off duty and we will take action when we are made aware of inappropriate behaviour.
In another dismissal this week a Met officer has been dismissed without notice after pleading guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and engaging in controlling/coercive behaviour. PC Jamie Rayner, 27, attached to the South Area Command Unit, was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment in November after previously pleading guilty to both charges.
On Wednesday, 22 December he was subject to an accelerated misconduct hearing where it was alleged his actions breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct. Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball found the allegations proven and he was dismissed without notice. He will also be placed on the barred list held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, in charge of policing for Bromley, Croydon and Sutton, said: “It is completely right that PC Rayner has been held to account for his actions which have no place within our organisation. “We know that behaviour of this kind undermines the public’s confidence and trust in us. That is why we expect our officers to meet our very high standards – this is non-negotiable. “We want anyone subject to controlling and coercive behaviour to have the confidence to come forward to us. We will provide you with specialist support, listen to what you have to say and take your report incredibly seriously.”
And the final officer this week in hot water is a serving Metropolitan Police officer has been given a final written warning following a misconduct hearing which concluded on Friday, 17 December.
PC Christopher Bates, attached to the North West Command Unit, was alleged to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to confidentiality and discreditable conduct.
It is alleged that, between 1 April and 31 October 2019, PC Bates obtained and disclosed 20 images to a private person that were taken from the MPS intelligence and crime reporting systems. The images were passed by WhatsApp and not for a policing purpose.
After considering all of the evidence, the panel found the allegations proven at the level of gross misconduct and PC Bates was issued with a final written warning.
Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, BCU Commander for North West London, said: “Upholding the integrity of the MPS intelligence systems is a fundamental requirement and behaviour of this kind is not acceptable.
“It is right that those whose actions do not meet our expected standards face misconduct proceedings. This is crucial to increasing the trust and confidence people have in our organisation.”