Police officer caught driving a car with no insurance or MOT committed ‘gross misconduct’
PUBLISHED: 10:03 20 September 2018
A police officer caught driving a car without insurance or a MOT certificate committed “gross misconduct”, a hearing found.
Former Pc Caroline Silverman, who was based at the Met’s East Area Basic Command Unit — covering Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge — pleaded guilty to the two vehicle offences at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on December 12 last year.
She was fined £120, told to pay a £30 victim surcharge plus £90 costs, and received six points on her licence.
Following her conviction, Scotland Yard held a misconduct hearing yesterday to answer allegations that her actions breached the standards of professional behaviour in terms of “discreditable conduct”.
The charges against Silverman, who left the police in January 29, were proven, meaning that her behaviour amounting to “gross misconduct”, the hearing heard.
The meeting at the Met’s offices in the Empress State Building — in Lillie Road, West Brompton — lasted less than an hour, with officers supplied with Silverman’s certificate of conviction from the court.
Sentencing, the presiding Met counsel called Silverman’s conduct “likely to discredit the police service and undermine public confidence in it”.
The offences, she added, could cause a risk of harm to the public, as well as being a “serious breach to the law in itself”.
Noting the former officer’s guilty plea, the counsel said “remorse was shown” by Silverman over the incident, which took place on May 29 2017.
The convicted copper admitted her actions — albeit “belatedly”, in the counsel’s words.
“At no time had she tried to cover up this fact or lie about it,” the counsel added.
Silverman will face no disciplinary action from Scotland Yard as she is no longer a serving police officer.
This decision, the counsel went on, reflects the fact Silverman’s actions were “a result of omission”.
“Public confidence [in the police] will be retained by taking this action,” she said.
Met Police received no response from the former officer regarding the misconduct hearing.
She did not attend and was not legally represented during the proceedings.