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Detective cleared of gross misconduct

News   •   Oct 16, 2019 10:52 BST

A serving detective constable has been cleared of allegations at a gross misconduct hearing.

Detective Constable Joshua Higman, based at the North West Basic Command Unit, faced allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of ‘discreditable conduct’.

It was alleged that on 21 January 2017, DC Higman was off duty in a public house in Brixton.

While at the venue, he was observed by security staff holding a sachet containing white powder.

His actions, combined with the fact he was found in possession of the sachet, caused security staff to form the view that DC Higman was taking drugs.

A substance purporting to be the contents of the sachet was passed to police and found to contain cocaine.

The panel, chaired by Ms Chiew Yin Jones, determined that it could not be proven that the bag seized belonged to the officer and found the allegations not proven.

The hearing took place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October in the hearing rooms, 14th Floor, Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6 1TR.