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Camden police officer dismissed after testing positive for cannabis

31 July, 2017 — By William McLennan

A police officer based in Camden has been fired after a testing positive for cannabis at work.

PC Lee Colbridge was dismissed after a misconduct hearing last week. A workplace drug test found high levels of cannabis and a disciplinary panel found he breached the Met’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘discreditable conduct’ and ‘fitness for duty’.

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, who chaired the panel, said: “I found the allegation proven in all respects. He was tested for drugs and found to be three times the European standard for safe workplace levels. He disputed he was unfit but could offer no other evidence.

“We set a high standard for integrity to both secure public confidence and to ensure officers are able to play their part in the criminal justice system as witnesses of truth. I also note we have a substance misuse policy that recognises welfare issues and supports self-disclosers. The officer did not self-disclose until he was about to be tested.

“The breach of standards is so serious he cannot remain an officer despite his good history.”

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