North Yorkshire Police officer dismissed for gross misconduct

8 Dec 2020 @ 6.09 pm
| News

A police officer who was accused of dishonesty has been dismissed for gross misconduct.

Former North Yorkshire Police Constable Raza Ali was dismissed without notice after a misconduct hearing.

The allegation was that, whilst PC Ali was undertaking City and Guilds student officer and learning assessment portfolio coursework, “notes have been swapped with another officer.

“This action caused identical sections within the portfolio being produced and submitted as personal evidence.”

The panel concluded that this was a breach of the standard of professional behaviour ‘Honesty and Integrity’.

“The breach involved the copying of another officer’s work in order to complete some requirements within a student officer portfolio, a mandatory requirement for any student police officer,” the force said in a statement.

“The panel found that what the officer was doing was not permitted.”

When he was asked if notes had been swapped with another officer, PC Ali was “unable to offer an explanation, thereby making a false, misleading or inaccurate oral statement.

“The conduct breached the standards of professional behaviour relating to honesty and integrity.”

The panel found that “providing a dishonest account of his actions when asked to explain the similarities in his work to that of another” also constituted gross misconduct.

The hearing was held between 9 and 13 November, with the outcome release more recently.