by: The Independent
published: 1 May 2013
Scotland Yard officers accused of sexual assault, racism and theft have been allowed to resign from the force before facing dismissal and professional disgrace at misconduct hearings, according to new figures out today.
Nearly a third of the 274 officers and staff were allowed to quit before the conclusion of their hearings despite serious allegations remaining against them.
Critics claim that the system would allow some former officers to renew their careers in the burgeoning private policing sector.
Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, said: “I am very surprised by the number of officers who were able to resign to avoid justice. Hearings must be taken to their conclusion notwithstanding the officer’s departure from the force.”