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Misconduct hearings

The City of London Police takes all allegations of police misconduct extremely seriously. A thorough investigation is completed in all cases. 

Where appropriate to the severity of the case, officers will sit before a Misconduct Hearing Panel where a decision is made in relation to their individual case. 

The table below details the allegation of each case alongside the outcomes given to the officer by the panel.

Misconduct hearings 2019

​Date of Hearing​Allegation​Outcomes

​20-23 March

​An appeal hearing will take place at City of London Police offices in respect of a final written warning issued to Police Constable Daniel Houghton on 9 August 2018.

This final written warning being the disciplinary action imposed under the Police Conduct Regulations 2012 as a result of a finding of Gross Misconduct in relation to Use of Force and  Discreditable Conduct.

25 January
Allegation 1 Upheld
On 18 April 2018 Constable Martin was convicted at court of assault, on 21 June 2017, by beating Michael Armstrong at Hurst Green, Surrey. Contrary to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
This is a breach of the following Standard of Professional Behaviour:
  • Discreditable Conduct
Allegation 2 Upheld
On 21 June 2017 Constable Martin’s behaviour fell below the standard expected of a City of London Police Officer. This behaviour has brought discredit to the City of London police.
This is a breach of the following standard of Professional Behaviour: 
  • Discreditable Conduct
​The Commissioner upheld the allegations and determined that there was a case to answer in respect of Discreditable Conduct; a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour.  The Hearing found this breach was of a level of Gross Misconduct and PC Martin was dismissed without notice.

 Misconduct hearings 2018

Date of HearingAllegationOutcomes
25-28 September

​​A Sergeant

It is alleged that PS breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour as set out in Schedule 2 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (as amended) in respect of, “honesty and integrity” and/or “duties and responsibility” and “orders and instructions”.

The panel considered the legal arguments and determined that it was no longer possible to hold a fair hearing as prejudice had been caused to the officer due to the unavoidable lengthy passage of time.

​6-9th August

PC Daniel Houghton

Breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour as set out in Schedule 2 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (as amended) in respect of:-

- Authority Respect and Courtesy
- Use of Force
- Duties and responsibilities
- Discreditable conduct


Authority Respect and Courtesy
Not proven 

Use of Force

Duties and responsibilities
Not proven

Discreditable conduct

Final written warning

Misconduct hearings 2017

Date of HearingAllegationOutcomes

​5th October

​City of London Police HQ

Sergeant Sarah Mayo

Allegation 1
Drove a motor car on a road when the proportion of alcohol in breath, namely 113µg/100ml, exceeded the prescribed limit, thus breaching the following standard :
  • Discreditable Conduct
Allegation 2
Drove a motor car on a road when there was not in force to that use such a policy of insurance or such security as complied with the requirements of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988 i.e. no insurance, thus breaching the following standard :
  • Discreditable Conduct


Decision: Proven

Outcome: Dismissed without notice

Misconduct hearings 2016

Date of HearingAllegationOutcomes

​24th - 27th October

​City of London Police offices, New Street, London

Detective Chief Inspector

Breach of standards of professional behaviour in the areas of honesty and integrity, orders and instructions, confidentiality, discreditable conduct, and duties and responsibilities.

Decision: Proven

Outcome: Final written warning ​

Misconduct hearings 2015

Date of HearingAllegationOutcomes
​9th - 13th November 2015​1) In June 2014 conducted an unlawful search of a motor vehicle.

2) Unlawfully seized property from the vehicle search.

3) Unlawfully retained an item of property from said search.

4) Knowingly submitted false, misleading and inaccurate written statements and records with the intent to mislead.

5) In June 2014 submitted false and misleading overtime submissions.
1. A Detective Sergeant was given Management Advice after finding that he had not followed force procedures around the retention and disposal of seized material. They were given Management Advice after finding that he had not followed force procedures around the retention and disposal of seized material. ​
15th October 2015A Police Constable was dismissed from the City of London Police without notice at a misconduct hearing held on Wednesday 15 October in the City of London.

The panel found that they breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour of honesty and integrity, discreditable conduct and authority, respect and courtesy in relation to inappropriate sexual relationships with young females.
1. Dismissed without notice

Misconduct hearings 2014

Date of HearingAllegationOutcomes
15th -17th July 20141) On a date unknown in 2005 the officer gave an unauthorised (non police) personnel an item of their police issued personal protective equipment.

 2) On a date unknown in 2008 whilst on duty the officer left the force area, and entered a retail premises where a domestic assault was committed against the female owner within the premises.
1. Discreditable Conduct- Dismissed without notice

 2. Discreditable Conduct- Dismissed without notice
17th-18th November 20141) Following an incident in January 2014 the officer accepted a police caution for a section 5 public order offence relating to a domestic incident.

 2) The Officer used police issued equipment to locate an individual for a non-policing purpose.
1. Authority respect and Courtesy- Final written warning
2. Discreditable conduct- Final written warning
9th-10th December 20141) Following an incident that occurred in August 2013, the officer accepted a police caution for deleting data from a computer without authorisation, contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 1990.1. Confidentiality- Final written warning

 2. Discreditable conduct- Final written warning