By David Young-
An alcoholic officer has been dismissed without notice for gross misconduct following his conviction for harassment. PC Kye Cole, based on the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) West Area Command Unit, had made a number of phone calls and sent numerous text messages to a woman in April last year.
He was convicted of a charge of harassment without violence following a trial at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in December.
In addition to a community order, PC Cole was ordered to undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment for three months, carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work, pay £2,500 in compensation to the victim, court costs of £775 and a surcharge of £95.
The court heard PC Cole made a number of phone calls and sent a series of messages to a woman who was known to him between April 7 and 27, 2022.
At an accelerated misconduct hearing held by the MPS at Palestra House on Monday (March 27), PC Cole was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct and was dismissed without notice.
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, in charge of policing in West Area, said: “Police officers need to demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour, on and off duty, and PC Cole’s actions fell way below this.
“I am extremely disappointed that one of my officers has acted in a way that has caused distress to a woman.”
The former officer will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing.