Merton Policeman Dismissed After Misconduct Hearing

Panel finds he lied about equipment loss and was late for duty

A Merton policeman has been dismissed after a hearing heard he didn't tell the truth about losing equipment and he failed to report for duty on time.

PC Mark Caulker faced a misconduct hearing on Monday (October 3) over allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour, in respect of: 'Orders and Instructions', 'Honesty and Integrity', 'Duties and Responsibilities'.

It was alleged that on 1 June 2015 PC Caulker sent an email asking for a new Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) device and claimed that he had lost his PDA device some two weeks earlier.

The PDA manual of guidance requires that the loss of any PDA device should be reported immediately, and for it to also to be reported as a security incident.

An audit of the use of the PDA showed PC Caulker's device was last used in September 2014, the hearing was told. On the balance of probabilities, PC Caulker's assertion that he had lost his PDA some two weeks before 1 June 2015 was untrue.

PC Caulker also failed to turn up for duty for the Notting Hill Carnival at 11.00am on August 30, 2015. The officer had to be contacted at home and eventually joined his team for duty at 1.30pm.

The panel found the case of misconduct to be proven, and he was subsequently dismissed from the Metropolitan Police with 28 days' notice.

October 7, 2016