A serving Metropolitan Police Officer has been issued with a written warning following a misconduct hearing which finished on 17th July.
PC Aija Rudovska, who is based at Central West BCU, faced allegations that her conduct during an investigation amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour concerning her duties, responsibilities, honesty and integrity.
Between 2016 and 2017, PC Rudovska was the investigating officer in a serious assault case.
It was alleged that PC Rudovska failed to examine evidence that would have cleared the suspect of any wrongdoing in relation to charges which were brought against him following an arrest.
This included failing to disclose initial first descriptions which were given to the police and assuring the Crown Prosecution Service that all evidence had been reviewed when, in fact, it hadn’t.
CCTV evidence which was obtained during the investigation which showed that the suspect could not have been the person who was responsible for the assault.
However, this evidence was not adequately assessed by PC Rudovska during her investigation, and it was not taken into account when deciding whether or not to arrest the suspect and pursue the criminal prosecution.
These fundamental failures during the investigation led to an innocent person being arrested, charged and facing a trial.
The misconduct panel found that PC Rudovska breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of duties and responsibilities.
The panel found that PC Rudovska had not breached the standards required of a police officer with respect to honesty and integrity.