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Cop sacked after positive drug test

11 August, 2017

A POLICE officer has been sacked from the Met after testing positive for cannabis.

Police constable Lee Colbridge, a serving officer attached to the Central North Command Unit, which covers Islington and Camden, was formally dismissed following a misconduct hearing on July 27.

The officer faced a charge of breaching the Met’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of “discreditable conduct” and “fitness for duty” after he tested positive for the drug in November last year.

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who chaired the hearing, found that this amounted to gross misconduct.

He said: “We set a high standard for integrity to both secure public confidence and to ensure officers are able to play their part in the criminal justice system as witnesses of truth. I also note we have a substance misuse policy that recognises welfare issues and supports self-disclosers. The officer did not self-disclose until he was about to be tested.

“The breach of standards is so serious he cannot remain an officer despite his good history.”

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