A POLICE CONSTABLE attached to the East Area Command has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police after a two-day misconduct hearing – which she did not attend.
The Chair of the hearing found that one of charge of gross misconduct and one of misconduct had been proven. The finding amounted to a conclusion that PC Rae Layzell had breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity, and she was dismissed without notice.
The circumstances of the breach were that PC Layzell had used up her annual leave and took a day off work as “carer’s leave” in order to take a relative to a medical appointment. It was alleged that she had not done this and had in fact taken a flight to go on holiday.
PC Layzell returned late from holiday and did not attend work for two days when she should have been at work. She said that her flight had been delayed and ultimately cancelled. However, checking revealed that there had been no delays or cancellations that day and she had simply missed the plane.