Fedster + 1,307 Posted December 29, 2017 Share Posted December 29, 2017 Officer lied about his job after being caught with shopping he had not paid for. A Cheshire Constabulary officer who tried to bamboozle supermarket staff by paying for part of his shopping at the self-service check-out has been dismissed for gross misconduct. PC David Lambert, based at Warrington Police Station, paid for £7.32 worth of shopping at ASDA Birchwood on August 10 at the self-service check-out. But he was caught by staff trying to leave the store with £19.76 in shopping in a separate bag in a trolley. A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said Lambert had paid the extra £19.76 on the spot and was banned from the supermarket. But Lambert gave a “false job” to staff, she said. She added that since the discount supermarket’s policy is not to prosecute shoplifters who agree to pay for the goods they tried to steal, the incident was not brought to the force’s attention until later on. The Warrington Guardian reported the items Lambert shoplifted were wine and barbecue sauce and that Lambert said at the misconduct hearing the incident was an “honest mistake contributed to by stresses in his personal and working life”. He was dismissed without notice on December 15 after an independent panel found he had breached the standards of professional behaviour relating to honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct. Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Bennett, head of the People and Professional Standards Department said: “I welcome the outcome of this hearing, which shows that we treat all allegations we receive extremely seriously. “It is essential that the people we serve have both confidence and trust in the service we deliver. "We actively promote the highest of standards of personal and professional behaviour and integrity to all officers and staff. “Unfortunately, in this case PC Lambert’s behaviour fell well below the level expected of a serving officer and he grossly undermined the privileged position that his role as a member of Cheshire Police demands and expects.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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