Wandsworth Police Officer Dismissed

Following an evening out drinking in Stratford

An officer attached to Wandsworth Police, who was found guilty of assault on 31st August, has now lost her job.

PC Melanie Davies was dismissed at a Special Case Misconduct Hearing held this week (29th November). She was proven to have failed to meet the required standards of professional behaviour in respect of 'Honesty and Integrity', 'Discreditable Conduct' and 'Authority, Respect and Courtesy'.

The court heard that the officer had, whilst on sick leave, attended the Bat and Ball public house at Westfield, Stratford. She was refused service at the bar as the management felt she was intoxicated. Ms Davies was then escorted from the building and assaulted a staff member before exiting.

Assistant Commissioner Helen King, Lead for Professionalism and Chair of the Hearing, said, "Police officers are granted powers over their fellow citizens to enforce the law on others and, where necessary, to use force in order to do so. This requires that the public and law makers have confidence that those entrusted to uphold the law will comply with it themselves, both on and off duty. Some cases are clearly more serious than others both in the category of the offence and all the surrounding circumstances.

"An offence of assault, however minor, is one that has to be seen as serious given the nature and responsibilities of a police officer's role. Therefore the only appropriate action for PC Davies in this case is dismissal."

December 2, 2016