A serving police inspector has been formally dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service following a special case hearing held on Friday, 16 June.
Inspector Darren Lewis, attached to the Territorial Support Group, was convicted and sentenced to three and half years’ imprisonment on Thursday, 23 March at Southwark Crown Court for one count of conspiracy to supply Class ‘C’ drugs, one count of conspiracy to produce Class ‘C’ drugs and one count of converting criminal property to the value of £66,600.
This followed an incident on Monday, 9 September 2013 where police officers executed a search warrant at the Lewis’s home address. Officers found quantities of anabolic steroids, as well as various drug paraphernalia used for the production of anabolic steroids. Lewis was subsequently arrested and later charged on 30 May 2014.
Following the criminal proceedings it was found that Lewis had a case to answer for in breaching the Standards of Professionalism in terms of; ‘Honesty and Integrity’ and ‘Discreditable Conduct’.
The Chair found the allegations proven for the officer and that he had breached the standards of professional behaviour in such a serious way that it amounted to gross misconduct.
The Chair determined that the only appropriate sanction was dismissal without notice.
Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan, the chair of the special case hearing, said: “The public must have confidence in their police service, not only for officers to uphold the law but to act within it, themselves. These are very serious offences and the only appropriate sanction is dismissal without notice.”