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Thames Valley Police police officer is sacked over alcohol

A police officer who twice turned up for work over the alcohol limit has been sacked.

A Thames Valley Police behaviour panel heard PC Graham Johnston was found to be more than twice the allowed limit when he reported for duty in May.

The panel heard it was the second time the Amersham-based officer had turned up for work under the influence of alcohol.

The force said it hoped his dismissal sent out "a strong message".

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Police rules state officers must not have more than 13mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

On 20 May, PC Graham was breathalysed and found to have 31mcg per 100ml.

'Strict rules'

On the previous occasion, on 25 June 2015, he had a reading of 22mcg in 100ml.

Head of the force's professional standards department Det Ch Supt Tim De Meyer said: "Police officers are required to make tough decisions and carry out physically demanding work.

"This requires a clear head and so, in the interests of the public and police colleagues, strict rules apply to ensure that officers are not under the influence of alcohol.

"This dismissal sends a strong message as to the consequences of not being fit for duty when previous warnings have been given."

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