Former police officer tested positive for cocaine

A former Essex Police officer who failed a drug test has been found to have committed gross misconduct.

Former PC Tony Mowling tested positive for cocaine after being required to undertake a drug test on June 8.

An Essex Police misconduct hearing chaired by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, took place in private at Chelmsford Civic Centre on August 6.

Mowling was accused of breaching the ‘Fitness for Work’ and ‘Discreditable Conduct’ paragraphs of the Standards of Professional Behaviour and that it amounted to gross misconduct.

At the hearing, the allegations were found proven.

Former PC Mowling had already resigned but the panel ruled that if he hadn’t, he would have been dismissed without notice.

Chief Constable Harrington said: “It is totally unacceptable for police officers or staff to take illegal drugs, they put themselves, their colleagues and the public at risk, and they undermine the trust our communities place in us.

“The testing of officers under specific circumstances is essential to reassure the public that Essex Police will not tolerate the use of drugs by its staff.”

Mick Ferris

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