Nine Enfield police officers found guilty of misconduct
The final hearing into the misconduct of a number of Enfield police officers concluded on Thursday, with all officers keeping their jobs.
Over three hearings, nine officers were found guilty of misconduct relating to a series of offences scoping the last four years.
Six officers were reprimanded, two were given written warnings and a sergeant was reduced in rank to a constable for the misconduct, which included mishandling prisoners’ property, driving a seized uninsured car and stopping a car using baseball bats and a pick axe handle.
The hearings concluded on Thursday, July, 29, with allegations proven against four constables who were found to have mishandled property seized during searches by the Enfield Crime Squad.
Although one officer was handed a written warning, the others were not sanctioned as the deputy chief constable of Cambridge Constabulary, John Feavyour, who chaired the misconduct hearing, felt the officers fully illustrated they now understand the appropriate processes required when handling property.
In November 2011, six officers were hauled before a misconduct board after they used baseball bats and a pick axe handle to stop a car being driven along Meridian Way in Edmonton on June 3, 2008.
Following an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation, a detective sergeant was demoted to detective constable and five officers were formally reprimanded for using “excessive and disproportionate force” on the vehicle.
In May 2012, a constable from Enfield Crime Squad was reprimanded after he drove an uninsured car he had seized from criminals.
Commander Peter Spindler, directorate of professional standards, said: “This has been a thorough and robust DPS investigation into a variety of allegations which came to light as our enquiries progressed.
“Some of these we felt warranted referral to the IPCC who then took on an independent and managed investigation.
“The actions of some of the former Enfield Crime Squad officers fell below the high standards we expect and the public deserve. It was right that these allegations were fully investigated and now nine officers have had allegations found proven against them.
“The DPS is dedicated to enforcing the professional standards that we all – the police and Londoners alike – expect of everyone in the Met.”