Met Police officer disciplined over sticker on van
- 7 August 2012
- From the section London
A Metropolitan Police officer has been disciplined after a sticker used for marketing purposes by the force was put on a vehicle from another force.
The sticker, which reads "I've met the Met", was placed on a police vehicle from Wales which is in London to help provide security during the Olympics.
The officer received "management action", but was also referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.
A second officer was also investigated but no action was taken in that case.
Inquiries into the matter have now been completed, the Met said.
'Over the top'
The Met said: "The Directorate of Professional Standards made enquiries regarding an allegation that a sticker saying 'I've met the Met' was placed on a mutual aid vehicle from Wales.
"The matter had been dealt with at the time and the officer involved had received management action.
"This was not a criminal matter and the DPS are no longer involved."
It is understood the police van was from north Wales, and an officer attached to the vehicle made a complaint about the sticker, even though it has been a long-standing part of police banter to place Met stickers on vehicles from other forces, the BBC's Danny Shaw said.
Earlier, when the Met said a misconduct investigation had been launched by the DPS, the Metropolitan Police Federation described it as a "heavy-handed" reaction.
The chairman of the police federation, John Tully, said he was not aware of the exact circumstances, but "to conduct a full-blown misconduct inquiry would appear to be over the top and a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut."
"It appears there's very little flexibility and discretion," he said.