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Probationer PC dismissed following misconduct hearing

News   •   May 19, 2021 11:00 BST

A probationer police officer has been dismissed without notice following an accelerated misconduct hearing which concluded on Tuesday 18 May.

The conduct of former PC Melissa Sanchez Marulanda, 29, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of ‘discreditable conduct’.

Police had attended an address in Croydon on 8 July after receiving a silent emergency call. On their arrival they met former PC Sanchez Marulanda – who was off duty - and two other people.

An officer explained that they needed to enter the address to ensure the welfare of those who were there but former PC Sanchez Marulanda refused. The officers attempted to enter but were pushed and former PC Sanchez Marulanda struck one of them in the face on two occasions.

She was arrested and immediately suspended from duty. On 9 July she was charged with assault on an emergency worker.

Former PC Sanchez Marulanda attended Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday, 12 May and was sentenced to one-year imprisonment, suspended for one year, ordered to wear an electronic tag for three months and was issued with a fine.

She had pleaded guilty to an earlier hearing to assaulting an emergency services worker.

Chief Inspector Matt Cox from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards said:

“Although PC Melissa Sanchez Marulanda was only weeks into her career as a Metropolitan Police officer, her behaviour displayed none of the qualities we expect in our officers. A lack of self-control; ill-discipline and a disregard for the law. She pleaded guilty to assaulting a colleague, and has now had to face the consequences of her actions; and an end to her policing career.”

Former PC Sanchez Marulanda will now be added to the College of Policing barred list.