UK: Dozens of Met Police officers accused of drug offences in 5 years – but most keep their jobs

UK: Dozens of Met Police officers accused of drug offences in 5 years – but most keep their jobs
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My London reports Nearly 90 Met Police officers and staff members have been accused of drug offences over the past five years – and nearly all of them have so far kept their jobs, MyLondon can reveal. Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that 70 police officers and 27 members of Met Police staff have been accused of drug related offences between 2017-2022. Of the 87 allegations, 22 have involved cannabis, while 19 involved cocaine and another 12 involved other Class As which could include heroin and LSD. And of the 41 allegations where a “case to answer” has been found (15 cases are pending), 37 have faced formal action or a referral to disciplinary proceedings. Yet just six have been dismissed, while another nine would have been dismissed but quit. It comes after a series of high profile cases among Met Police officers being accused of drug use. In February it emerged that a senior Metropolitan Police commander who wrote the force’s current drug strategy faced the sack after being accused of taking cannabis, LSD and magic mushrooms while on holiday in France. Commander Julian Bennett had previously overseen the dismissal of two officers for drug misuse. And in January, a former Met Police officer avoided jail after hiding a ‘shoebox full of cash’ from her corrupt copper husband whilst their house was being raided by the police. Shareen Kashif, 30, was also aware that her partner PC Kashif Mahmood was part of an organised crime group and had pretended to stop and search drug dealers as a ploy to steal their money. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in May 2021 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to acquire criminal property and misconduct in a public office. ‘These figures are a disgrace’ In the same month, more than 130 arrests…

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