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Former Met officer would have been dismissed without notice

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Former Met officer would have been dismissed without notice

A former Metropolitan Police officer who pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute would have been dismissed without notice if he as still serving.

Tristan Downing, who was attached to the Central North Command Unit, faced an accelerated misconduct hearing on Friday, 15 July following his guilty plea at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in February.

He was arrested during a police operation in Edmonton in January. Plainclothes officers watched as he drove up in a hire car, solicited and paid for the services of a prostitute before receiving oral sex in a nearby cul-de-sac.

He resigned from the Metropolitan Police Service and his last working day was 14 July 2022.

The chair, temporary Deputy Commissioner Helen Ball, found the allegations of discreditable conduct proven as gross misconduct and concluded that, had he still been serving, he would have been dismissed without notice.

Following Downing’s guilty plea in February, Commander Andy Carter, who is in charge of policing in Camden and Islington, said: "We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our officers both on, and off, duty and this officer's actions fell way below these expectations.

"He was caught as the result of a proactive operation targeting those who exploit sex workers.

"The Met is committed to rooting out all officers who break the law or are involved in dishonest or disreputable behaviour."