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Police officers caught sleeping at crime scene they had to protect

By Mason White 5:12 PM December 28, 2016
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By: Feng Qian

Two police officers were taken reprimanded after being caught sleeping at a crime scene that they were supposed to protect, according to police in the United Kingdom.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MET) said that two serving officers have been issued with final written warnings, following a misconduct hearing held on Wednesday.

Police Constables Scott Stark and Joynal Miah, who both worked as officers at the Tower Hamlets borough, faced allegations that their conduct amounted to a breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour, in respect of: “Duties and Responsibilities” and “Discreditable Conduct.”

Both constables were deployed to protect a crime scene and while doing so, it was alleged that at approximately 4:30 a.m., they were discovered on the floor asleep, having left the crime scene and their police equipment unprotected.

In doing so, they behaved in a manner likely to bring discredit to the police service and/or undermine public confidence in it.

A fellow police officer found them sleeping at the crime scene and took photos as evidence. The police officer then filed a complaint with their superiors.

The panel, chaired by an independent legally qualified chair, found the allegations of “Duties and Responsibilities” and “Discreditable Conduct” as proven.

However, in considering all the evidence and mitigation presented to the panel, including that both officers showed genuine insight and remorse for their failings, both had no previous complaints made against them and the risk of repetition of such wholly unacceptable behavior is low, the panel determined the most appropriate outcome to be a final written warning.

The location of the crime scene was not disclosed.