‘Corrupt’ officer dismissed following criminal conviction
An officer who was involved in the “wholesale movement of drugs and the laundering of hundreds of thousands of pounds” has been dismissed without notice following a misconduct hearing today (November 26).
Police Constable Kashif Mahmood is currently remanded in custody for sentencing on December 22 after pleading at Southwark Crown Court in August to misconduct in public office and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer was convicted alongside five other people for a number of offences following an investigation by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards’ Anti-Corruption Command.
The MPS said the investigation into the activities of PC Mahmood and his associates, who were involved in “the wholesale movement of drugs and the laundering of hundreds of thousands of pounds”, began in March.
Between November 2019 and March 2020, PC Mahmood, in uniform and using a marked police car, worked with an associate dressed as a police officer to seize significant amounts of cash from couriers, which was either due to be laundered or had been provided to the couriers as payment for drugs.
The officer, who was based at the MPS Central East division, was first arrested on Tuesday, April 28 and then again for further offences on Tuesday, July 7. He was charged the following day.
At the misconduct hearing, PC Mahmood faced allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, honesty and integrity and duties and responsibilities.
After considering the circumstances, the panel found all allegations against PC Mahmood proven and that they amounted to gross misconduct. He was dismissed without notice.
Commander Paul Betts, MPS Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “This is a very serious matter and there is absolutely no place for corruption within the MPS. Following his conviction at court it is entirely right PC Mahmood has been dismissed and he will also be placed on the College of Policing’s barred list.”