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Harlow police officer dismissed after drink driving rap

Communities / Fri 1st May 2015 at 05:09pm

AN ESSEX Police officer has been dismissed from the Force following a fast track hearing held today (Friday, May 1).

Pc Rajinder Chana, 27, from Ilford, was convicted of failing to provide a specimen of breath of analysis. Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh ordered that he was sacked with immediate effect following today’s disciplinary hearing.

His dismissal comes after an incident which occurred in the early hours of Sunday, March 1 this year. Chana, who had been a police officer for just over seven years and was based within the neighbourhood team at Harlow, was off duty and crashed his own vehicle, a BMW 3 series, into a parked car. This happened at around 3am in Woodville Gardens in Ilford. Police were called and Chana was arrested after a failing a roadside breath test. He was taken to Ilford custody where he failed to provide evidential specimens of breath. He was charged later that day and appeared before Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday, March 27, where he pleaded guilty to the offence. He received a 16 month driving ban and was ordered to pay costs.

Chana failed to attend today’s misconduct hearing.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “There is no place in Essex Police for officers who break the law. His levels of intoxication and his refusal to provide a specimen would alone bring discredit to the police service but he made the situation worse by behaving in a way that lacked basic standards of respect and courtesy. I find it hugely disappointing that an Essex Police Officer would have behaved in this way. This officer has let both his colleagues and the people of Essex down.

“However, the public should be reassured that every day officers place their lives on the line to save others, stop crime and bring offenders to justice. This force has a huge amount to be proud of.”

Inspector Paul Wells, of the Essex Police Professional Standards Department, said: “It was clear from the outset that Mr Chana’s offending behaviour and aggressive approach had the potential to substantially undermine Essex Police to the public and to our policing neighbours, the Met. This is why it is really important that he was dismissed at the earliest opportunity.”

Mr Chana has a right to appeal the outcome of this hearing.

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