Met Police officer given final written warning for sharing 20 images on WhatsApp

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A Metropolitan Police officer has been given a final written warning for sending 20 pictures from internal intelligence systems to another person on WhatsApp.

PC Christopher Bates, who is part of the North West Command Unit, is alleged to have breached behavioural standards in relation to confidentiality and discreditable conduct.

He is alleged to have obtained and distributed the pictures for non-policing reasons between 1 April to 31 October, 2010.

The panel upheld the allegations of gross misconduct and PC Bates was issued with a final written warning

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, BCU Commander for North West London, said: “Upholding the integrity of the MPS intelligence systems is a fundamental requirement and behaviour of this kind is not acceptable”.

“It is right that those whose actions do not meet our expected standards face misconduct proceedings. This is crucial to increasing the trust and confidence people have in our organisation.”

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