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Colleagues report officer for 'litany of breaches' leading to a watchdog investigation.

Evidence-tampering detective who carried knuckle duster sacked


Date - 16th October 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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A detective reported by his own colleagues for “unacceptable behaviour” which included carrying a knuckle duster and drinking on duty has been sacked.

DC Mark Eve was accused of a litany of breaches from routinely using racist language in direct conversations and WhatsApp chats to tampering with evidence in a burglary case in 2015 as well as stealing a personal photo from a female colleague's phone and showing it to another officer, a disciplinary panel heard.

The allegations against the Met Police officer, attached to the East Area Command Unit in Romford, were proven as gross misconduct.

In addition, DC Eve was found guilty of misconduct over allegations that he was in possession of two offensive weapons, interviewed a suspect who was on bail without authority, carried out surveillance without the proper permission, and consumed alcohol on duty.

An allegation of storing pornographic images on a Met mobile phone was not proven.

After answering the allegations his conduct amounted to breaches of the standards of professional behaviour, in respect of: honesty and integrity; discreditable conduct; authority, respect and courtesy; and duties and responsibilities – the officer was dismissed without notice on Friday following a week-long hearing.

This followed an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct that concluded in November 2017.

DC Eve was suspended from duty while the investigation took place.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: "This sort of behaviour serves only to undermine public confidence in policing and the hard work and endeavour of serving officers.

"Indeed, it was serving officers who came forward to report DC Eve's unacceptable behaviour.

“This is to be commended as this led to our investigation and ultimately his dismissal by the panel."

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