A police constable who used the excuse of being a carer to claim extra holiday has been thrown off the forst following a misconduct hearing.
PC Rae Layzell, attached to the East Area Command Unit, faced allegations that her conduct amounted to a breach of the Met’s standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity, discreditable conduct and duties and responsibilities.
It was alleged that on August 28, 2016, Layzell had exhausted her annual leave entitlement and so dishonestly and inappropriately applied to take carer’s leave, under the pretence of taking a relative to a medical appointment. In fact she took a pre-booked flight at 17:45hrs on September 30 to go on holiday.
It was further alleged that Layzell was dishonest when she indicated that a flight she was booked on from abroad on October 8 had been delayed and then cancelled. An investigation found there were no cancellations or delays from the airport that day and PC Layzell had instead missed the flight.
The hearing also heard that PC Layzell failed to attend work on October 9 and 10.
PC Layzell did not attend the two-day hearing, which began on Monday, 29 January.
The chair of the hearing, having considered all of the evidence, found one case of gross misconduct and one case of misconduct proven, and that PC Layzell had breached the standards of professional behaviour.
She was subsequently dismissed without notice.