Serving Met officer sacked after trying to start “inappropriate relationship”

A serving police officer has been sacked from the Met after trying to “instigate an inappropriate relationship” with a woman he met in the line of duty.

Police Sergeant Steven Strange, who was based at Westminster, faced a misconduct hearing after trying to start the relationship with the woman. Police said she had complained to him “about the way in which a local licensed premises was being run”.

Strange also failed to report accepted hospitality from her, which he was supposed to do under Met policy.

“It was further alleged that PS Strange failed to properly pursue the complaint against local licensed premises after the female member of the public rejected his advances,” police added in a statement.

All allegations were found to be proven.

“I am appalled by this officers behaviour; he has let himself, his colleagues and his family down,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner, Directorate of Professional Standards.

“It is the responsibility of all police officers to conduct themselves in a manner that meets the high standards of what the public and the organisation expect of them whether they are on or off duty. PS Strange has fallen below these standards.”

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