BREAKING LONDON SOUTHWARK

An officer has been dismissed without notice following his conviction for misconduct in public office and conspiracy to acquire criminal property

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A misconduct hearing was held on Thursday, 26 November for PC Kashif Mahmood, based at Central East, to answer allegations his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, honesty and integrity and duties and responsibilities.

On Wednesday, 5 August at Southwark Crown Court PC Mahmood pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office and conspiracy to acquire criminal property. He is remanded in custody awaiting sentence on Tuesday, 22 December.

PC Mahmood was convicted alongside five other people for a number of offences following an investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards’ Anti-Corruption Command.

The investigation began in March into the activities of PC Mahmood and his associates, involved in the wholesale movement of drugs and the laundering of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Between November 2019 and March 2020 PC Mahmood, in uniform and using a marked police car, worked with an associate dressed as a police officer to seize significant amounts of cash from couriers which were either due to being laundered or had been provided to the couriers as payment for drugs. He was first arrested on Tuesday, 28 April and again for further offences on Tuesday, 7 July. He was charged on Wednesday, 8 July.

The misconduct hearing, after considering the circumstances, found all allegations against PC Mahmood proven and that they amounted to gross misconduct. He was dismissed without notice.

Commander Paul Betts, MPS Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “This is a very serious matter and there is absolutely no place for corruption within the Metropolitan Police Service. Following his conviction at court it is entirely right PC Mahmood has been dismissed and he will also be placed on the College of Policing’s barred list.”