Officer dismissed after drink-drive conviction


An officer has been dismissed without notice following an accelerated misconduct hearing.

PC Daniel Leighton, attached to the West Area Basic Command Unit, was subject to a public hearing on Tuesday, 18 May to answer an allegation that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘discreditable conduct’.

On 16 November 2020, PC Leighton pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol, after the car he was driving was stopped in NW10 on 11 October. It was found that he had consumed so much alcohol that the proportion in his breath was over the prescribed limit.

At court he was given a conditional discharge and banned from driving for 12 months.

At the misconduct hearing, Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball found the allegation against PC Leighton proven and he was dismissed without notice.