An officer who used the police systems for personal purposes has been jailed for misconduct.

PC Mohammed Rahman, 39, of Met’s North East Command Unit that covers Newham and Waltham Forest, was sentenced yesterday (December 1) after being suspended from duty.

Between October 2018 and February 2021, PC Rahman was found to have made several unauthorised searches on Met’s intelligence and crime reporting databases to look for family members, addresses known to him and car registration numbers.

A probe was launched by the Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command after being directed by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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It uncovered that PC Rahman had then passed on information to third parties outside of Met. He was arrested in February 2021 and charged in August 2023, following which he pleaded guilty to seven charges of misconduct in public office on October 23.  

Southwark Crown Court has now sentenced him to 12 months in prison, in addition to him carrying out 100 hours of community service and 20 days of rehabilitation activity.

While PC Rahman has been suspended for two years, he has since resigned from his post.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who leads policing in the North East, stressed that police systems must only be used for a legitimate purpose and not to carry out personal checks.

Officers including PC Rahman, he said, would have been aware of this rule.

He added: “His actions did not meet the high standards we expect, and we will now move to a misconduct hearing as soon as possible.”