Allegations against a former Police Constable accused of consuming, and being in possession of, a class A drug, have been proven as gross misconduct.
A public misconduct hearing, which ran from 28 to 31 January, heard that PC Prashant Sharma, attached to Lewisham borough (now part of the South East Command Unit), was observed to be under the influence of cocaine at an off-duty function on Thursday, 21 September attended by a number of police colleagues.
PC Sharma also faced a further allegation that he took a photograph of the information displayed on a police computer system on 29 September 2017 and sent it to a colleague, when there was no lawful policing purpose to do so.
This allegation was proven as misconduct.
The misconduct panel found that former PC Sharma had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘discreditable conduct and confidentiality’.
The panel gave a sanction of dismissal without notice had former PC Sharma still been a serving officer.