The Met Police have announced that Ealing Borough Commander and Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Rowell ‘is to be dismissed without notice.’
A six day misconduct hearing found ‘the case of gross misconduct proven.’
In a public statement the Met Police said:
…his behaviour lacked honesty and integrity, that he had abused his position and his behaviour could have brought discredit on the police service.
The disciplinary panel decided he ‘leaked police information in a significant and sensitive case.’
DCS Rowell is hugely respected in political circles as one of the Met’s most successful, effective and popular senior officers.
His public profile stated ‘He was instrumental in setting up the early intervention strategy in domestic violence which resulted in one of the lowest levels of repeat victimisation in the MPS.’
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, of the Directorate of Professional Standards said:
Andy Rowell had a long and successful career, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, he was respected by staff across the organisation as well as the community he worked with. He let all of those people down when he took the decision to leak police information in a significant and sensitive case – going against everything that he knew would have been the correct thing to do. His actions lacked the integrity required to be a police officer.
The Met Police alleged that that DCS Rowell ‘kept a copy of a statement, which included sensitive details from a serious crime investigation. He then allowed a journalist to see it and photograph it.’
The panel found that two of the allegations against him were not proven.
It was reported that information had been passed to the police by News International’s management and standards committee in the context of the phone hacking scandal.