A spokesperson for the Met has confirmed that three serving Metropolitan Police Service officers charged with perverting the course of justice have been acquitted following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.
PCs Max Michel, Shaun Charnock and Ryan Francis, attached to the West Area Command Unit, were acquitted on Friday, 10 May.
The charge related to an incident on 4 December 2016 where a marked police vehicle collided with a member of the public’s vehicle on Hounslow Road, Feltham.
The spokesperson confirmed that now that the criminal case has concluded, misconduct proceedings can take place.
The statement also confirmed that the three officers remain on restricted duties but that this will now be subject to review.
Phill Matthews, Conduct & Performance Lead for the Police Federation of England & Wales, said:
“I do hope the appropriate authority now properly reassess in light of this acquittal before continuing down a misconduct route”.
The news comes at a time when an article published by The Mirror reported that almost 2,500 police officers have resigned from their roles since April last year.
The Metropolitan Police Federation confirmed that 711 of these resignations were from the Met Police alone, meaning that the recent recruitment drive could end up only just covering the number of officers who are leaving the force.