Met Police officer disciplined over sticker on van

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.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC London

Weather

London

23 °C 13 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.