Mottingham and Chislehurst North safer neighbourhood team axed after playing poker on duty

AN ENTIRE safer neighbourhood team has been axed after an internal investigation found some of the officers had been playing backgammon and poker, watching television and cleaning golf clubs while on duty.

Seven officers in total resigned or were dismissed from the team in the Mottingham and Chislehurst North ward.

The disciplinary action followed an undercover operation by the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) Directorate of Professional Standards in 2010.

One sergeant and a PC were sacked after the Met's disciplinary panel found them guilty of gross misconduct. Another PC and three of the team's community support officers resigned, while a fourth was dismissed.

Three of the officers were also charged with criminal offences as well as police misconduct.

In a statement, 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."

Neighbourhood teams were introduced by the Met in 2004 and subsequently rolled out across the country.

Commander Allan Gibson, head of the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "These officers let the whole of the service down with their behaviour; 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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9:59am Mon 19 Nov 12

Virtual-Monster says...

Oh dear, yet more proof that our Police service is terribly flawed and the whole establishment needs to be overhauled.

Remember, if you don't stand up and point out the failings of the Police you end up with the service that you deserve.

Stop sticking your heads in the sand and making apologies for the Police. This is not a question of the odd corrupt, lazy, donut eating scum bag, this is an epidemic of self-important arrogant bullies who think because they wear a uniform and are part of a big gang, they can do what they want without respecting your rights and the law of the land.
Oh dear, yet more proof that our Police service is terribly flawed and the whole establishment needs to be overhauled. Remember, if you don't stand up and point out the failings of the Police you end up with the service that you deserve. Stop sticking your heads in the sand and making apologies for the Police. This is not a question of the odd corrupt, lazy, donut eating scum bag, this is an epidemic of self-important arrogant bullies who think because they wear a uniform and are part of a big gang, they can do what they want without respecting your rights and the law of the land. Virtual-Monster
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11:43am Mon 19 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

A few bad apples and all that.



Virtual-Monster how long did ya get ?
A few bad apples and all that. Virtual-Monster how long did ya get ? Gypo.Joe
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12:49pm Mon 19 Nov 12

j.j. says...

According to McKinsey consultants public sector workers spend on average only a third of their working time productively. As shocking as it sounds, the members of the neighbourhood team may not be any worse than the average PS worker. Thousands of PS employees could be let go for similar reasons as budgets shrink.
According to McKinsey consultants public sector workers spend on average only a third of their working time productively. As shocking as it sounds, the members of the neighbourhood team may not be any worse than the average PS worker. Thousands of PS employees could be let go for similar reasons as budgets shrink. j.j.
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3:53pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

It sounds like these officers would be more suited to a career in the fire service.
It sounds like these officers would be more suited to a career in the fire service. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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4:44pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Have your say says...

Ok.....who last saw PC Plod walking the beat? (Not a PCSO) yep me neither!!

Who last saw 3-4 PC Plod in a car yep I did today yesterday and tomorrow! They never walk just ponce lifts.

Get on your feet you lazy g1ts and do something worthwhile thank you
Ok.....who last saw PC Plod walking the beat? (Not a PCSO) yep me neither!! Who last saw 3-4 PC Plod in a car yep I did today yesterday and tomorrow! They never walk just ponce lifts. Get on your feet you lazy g1ts and do something worthwhile thank you Have your say
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6:16pm Mon 19 Nov 12

brom12 says...

As an ex met employee I can assure you that it is very rare for officers in cases such as this, and far more serious cases, to be dismissed. They are put in back room offices, still keeping their pay and pension rights, they often stay in an office and off the street for years. PCSO's and civilians are treated very differently and there is no hesitation to dismiss them for misconduct... .
As an ex met employee I can assure you that it is very rare for officers in cases such as this, and far more serious cases, to be dismissed. They are put in back room offices, still keeping their pay and pension rights, they often stay in an office and off the street for years. PCSO's and civilians are treated very differently and there is no hesitation to dismiss them for misconduct... . brom12
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