Essex Police officer banned from profession after cheating on exams

A conduct panel has found that a former Essex police officer cheated on his policing exams and sent an inappropriate message to fellow officers.

Former Pc Mohammed Khan was found to have committed two counts of gross misconduct, having fallen below the force’s high expectations in honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy and committed discreditable conduct.

It was alleged that while sitting an exam at Essex Police College in April 2020, Khan used a laptop to access practice questions and answers, practice questions with answers and Government legislation relating to topics that were covered in the exam.

Later that month former Pc Khan also sent an inappropriate message to three fellow probationer officers.

Hearing proves allegations

The hearing took place remotely on August 3 and former Pc Khan did not attend.

A panel chaired by legally qualified Jane Jones found the allegations of gross misconduct proved.

The outcome of the proceedings was that if the officer has not already resigned he would have been dismissed without notice. The effect of this is that his details will appear on the police barred list.

Former Pc Khan was found to have committed gross misconduct after breaching the force’s standards of professional behaviour.

‘Fell beneath accepted standards’

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “At Essex Police we expect the very highest professional standards from all of our officers and staff, whether at the very beginning of their career or many years into it, and where officers or staff fall below those standards we do not shy away from tackling it.

“The vast majority of our officers and staff are professional and diligent and they work hard every day to protect and serve the communities of Essex.

“However, in this case former Pc Khan clearly fell beneath our accepted standards of professionalism.

“I can assure the Essex public that where this does happen, we deal with it robustly and we want the public to know that where we will never shy away from tackling these matters and will continue to do all we can to ensure their force is the best it can be.”

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