West London borough police commander sacked for gross misconduct

Image above: former Chief Superintendent Paul Martin

West London borough police commander Chief Superintendent Paul Martin has been sacked for gross misconduct. He bullied staff and made bogus expenses claims, the Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards found. He has been sacked without notice.

A misconduct hearing which concluded on Sunday 16 January found he had ‘breached Standards of Professional Behaviour, amounting to gross misconduct, in relation to honesty and integrity,

Chief Superintendent Paul Martin was accused of presiding over a ‘boys club’, it has been reported. His conduct towards more junior members of staff included calling a pregnant woman “a f***ing nutter* and bellowing at another female colleague, saying she should make his tea and porridge.

He also misused a corporate credit card, using it to claim more than £5,500 in expenses for alcohol and flight upgrades in a week-long trip to Florida. He also failed to declare a conflict of interest while assisting in a promotion process for Chief Inspector Davinder Kandohla.

Image above: Former Chief Inspector Davinder Kandohla

Second officer also sacked

Chief Inspector Kandohla was also found to have breached Standards of Professional Behaviour, amounting to gross misconduct, in relation to honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct.

He failed to declare a conflict of interest while taking part in his own promotion process. He provided a misleading account to professional standards officers during an investigation into expenses he had claimed and he also breached professional standards in relation to conduct towards junior members of staff. He also was dismissed without notice.

Third officer keeps his job

A third officer, Sergeant James Di-Luzio, was found to have breached Standards of Professional Behaviour, amounting to misconduct, in relation to, orders and instructions, duties and responsibilities, and authority, respect and courtesy. He was issued with management advice.

The three officers were attached to Frontline Policing. The misconduct was over a period between 2017 and 2019.

Commenting on the case on behalf of the Met, Commander Catherine Roper said: “The behaviour demonstrated by these officers has no place in the Met…. [they] should have been setting a strong example for the standards we hold in the Met. Instead they abused their trusted positions.”

She described their behaviour as “appalling.”

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