Police officer dismissed after failing drugs test

PC Shohaib Akram was immediately barred from serving as a police officer following a hearing on 18th September

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A Waltham Forest cop was dismissed after being found with cannabis in his system.

PC Shoaib Akram, who was attached to the North East Basic Command Unit, was found to have breached police standards and committed “gross misconduct” at a hearing on 18th September.

The hearing heard how PC Akram was required to provide a urine sample on 8th March for a drugs test following suspicions that he was using barred substances.

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In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: “The forensic examination of that sample confirmed the presence of cannabis in an amount that suggested misuse of those products and not as an indication of legitimate medicinal use, in direct contradiction of the Met’s substance misuse policy.”

As a result of the decision, PC Akram will not be able to serve as a police officer or in “related roles” in future, the Met said.

Chief superintendent Simon Crick, who leads policing in Waltham Forest said: “The behaviour of this former officer was disappointing. I am pleased that the appropriate action was taken quickly when it became evident that he was using prohibited substances.

“Our communities deserve the best of its police officers and that kind of behaviour has no place at all in the Met.”

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