Serving Met police officer secretly used his mobile phone to film people using recreation center showers and changing rooms
- Andrew Adams has resigned after being convicted of voyeurism
- The Met said he would have been fired had he not already resigned
- Adams placed the phone against a door that led to a shower and changing room
A serving Metropolitan Police officer secretly filmed the shower and changing rooms of a leisure center in Essex.
Andrew Adams has resigned after being convicted of voyeurism.
The Met said he would have been fired had he not already resigned.
A misconduct hearing on Wednesday heard that disgraced former Officer Adams, who was attached to the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, was found guilty on September 21 following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
A serving Metropolitan Police officer secretly filmed the shower and changing rooms of an Essex leisure center
While in the changing area, Adams placed his cell phone against a door that opened onto a shower and changing area and from which he could record all adults using the facility.
He was charged in January 2021 following an investigation by Essex Police, and resigned from the Met on 31 May that year.
At Chelmsford Crown Court, Adams was ordered to pay £3,500 prosecution costs, £750 punitive damages and 150 hours of unpaid community work to be completed within nine months.
After hearing all the evidence, a misconduct panel found Wednesday that Adams would have been fired without notice if he was still employed.
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Ellen, of Specialist Crime, said: ‘The actions of former PC Adams were criminal and it is right that he no longer works for the Met.
“As the Commissioner has said, integrity is the basis of police work. People rightly expect us to maintain the highest standards.
“We don’t let those who show criminal behavior stay in the organization.”
Ex-PC Adams will now be added to the College of Policing’s Banned List.
Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has previously vowed to improve the Met after a series of scandals that plagued the force under his predecessor
Those on the list cannot be employed by the police, local police agencies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue.
It comes after it came to light last month that hundreds of Scotland Yard officers are still on duty despite allegations of assault, domestic violence, corruption and fraud, among others.
Some are getting away with sexual misconduct, “systemic racism” and misogyny, thanks to an “anything goes” attitude in Britain’s largest military force.
Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the officers involved ‘undermined our integrity’ and should be sacked.
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