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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A serving Metropolitan Police officer jailed for theft earlier this month has now been sacked.
PC Ian Scouler, 46, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of the offence on November 7 and sentenced to 12 months in prison. He was suspended after being arrested in October last year and was dismissed yesterday.
The court heard he and PC Kenneth Potter, who resigned, were caught after an internal investigation found they stole more than £400 in cash from an address in Sidcup Road, Mottingham.
The pair were based on the disruption unit at Plumstead Police Station in Greenwich and in 2010 and 2011 police received several complaints from the public regarding theft of money and property in cases handled by the unit.
Commander Allan Gibson, of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “Where we have intelligence that officers may be breaking the law, we will be proactive and run covert operations to identify corruption.
“Both these men are now out of the police service and sitting in prison having been found guilty of theft. The prosecution case was based on evidence gathered by the Directorate of Professional Standards.”
“There is no place for criminals in the Met and the Directorate of Professional Standards will put anyone who thinks they are above the law before the courts.”