Met Police officer found guilty of misconduct after voyeurism conviction

‘Discreditable conduct’

A former Metropolitan Police officer would have been dismissed without notice had he still been serving, a misconduct panel has concluded.

PC Swaleh Chaudhry, formally attached to the Met’s Taskforce, was subject to an accelerated misconduct hearing following his conviction for voyeurism and other offences in March 2022.

The hearing, held on Tuesday (31 May), found that former PC Chaudhry had breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct. Had PC Chaudhry not already resigned in April 2022, he would have been dismissed without notice.

Detectives launched an investigation after Chaudhry was seen filming a woman as she was getting changed in a clothes shop in South Side Shopping Centre in Wandsworth. He was off duty at the time.

Police were called to the shop just before 5.00pm on 30 March and Chaudhry, who at the time was attached to the Met’s Taskforce, was arrested at the scene and immediately suspended from duty. He pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 1 April and will be sentenced on 29 July.

Chaudhry will now be placed on the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies, the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

Commander Kyle Gordon said:

“Former Constable Chaudhry has been held to account via the courts and now through the Met’s own misconduct proceedings. As a result he will now be barred from joining any other UK police force. Former Constable Chaudhry behaved in a thoroughly reprehensible way and the Met has no place for officers who behave as he has.”

Met eager to ‘rebuild public trust’ after several damaging misconduct cases

The Metropolitan Police have been dealing with a number of scandals over the last year. Various past and serving officers, some based in west London, have been found guilty of gross misconduct, including sexual misconduct. In response to these stories the Met has started a PR drive hoping to rebuild its image.

The Met issued a statement after PC Chaudhry was found guilty of misconduct:

‘We cannot and are not waiting for the findings of ongoing inquiries to begin rebuilding the public’s trust and confidence that police officers will protect and respect them.

“We have already taken a number of significant steps to start real change across the organisation. These include two independent reviews, an examination of all current investigations of sexual and domestic abuse allegations against Met employees and an increase in the number of investigators in our professional standards directorate.’

‘The Met is driven by the values of professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion. We only want the best and will always act when our employees fall below the exemplary standards we and the public expect.’

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