Police officer sacked after he drops packet of cocaine in front of colleagues

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Met officer Wayne Stanley, 41, was sacked following a misconduct hearing in southwest London. (Getty)
Met officer Wayne Stanley, 41, was sacked following a misconduct hearing in southwest London. (Getty)

A detective sergeant convicted of possession of cocaine has been dismissed without notice.

Former Met Police officer Wayne Stanley, 41, was sacked following a misconduct hearing at the Empress State Building in southwest London on Friday.

On 28 December 2019, DS Stanley was present when officers from Surrey Police were responding to a call to a residential address.

While at the scene, the officers observed DS Stanley dropping a small package from his pocket which was later confirmed to contain cocaine.

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DS Stanley dropped a small package from his pocket which was later confirmed to contain cocaine. (Getty)

DS Stanley was charged on 6 April 2021 by postal requisition with possession of cocaine following an investigation by Surrey Police.

He was convicted at Guildford Crown Court on 20 May this year, fined £750 and ordered to pay £2,250 in costs.

DS Stanley, attached to the Met Operations Command, was placed on restricted duties on the day of his arrest and remained so until his dismissal.

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The chair, Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, considered all the evidence and found that DS Stanley had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct at a level of gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.

Commander for Met Operations, Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers, said: "The disappointing actions of this officer fell far below the values and standards that we strive to uphold.

"Our communities deserve the best of its police officers and this kind of behaviour has no place at all in the Met. Our professional standards team will continue to root out those who let us down and ensure they are held to account.”

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