PC Cleo Brooks-Ashitey Who Had Relationship With a Convicted Criminal Given a Final Written Warning

A police officer who had an intimate relationship with a convicted criminal has been given a final written warning at a misconduct hearing held by the Metropolitan police on 16th June 2022.

PC Brooks-Ashitey, who joined the MPS in 2011 at the age of 18 originally as a special constable and then from 2014, was a regular officer.

In October 2017, during the course of a night out in a nightclub, she met a man who had a number of criminal convictions, and they began a relationship that grew intimate the following year.

The misconduct hearing panel heard that the man, referred to as AB, who PC Brooks-Ashitey was in a relationship with was aware that she was a serving police officer, but he did not tell her of his criminal background for some time.

PC Brooks-Ashitey was advised by a colleague that she should notify someone about the relationship, and she notified PS Atkins in July 2018. She said in evidence that she was well aware of the force policies regarding disclosable associations.

The force’s integrity assurance unit was to manage the potential risk to the public and the MPS as an organization and the officer herself, that her disclosure posed. The risk was assessed as a medium risk by the IAU. That risk was then increased to high in November 2018 after PC Brooks-Ashitey had begun living with the man.

In December 2019 another IAU meeting took place. PC Brooks-Ashitey said that she was still in contact with the man, but that they were no longer in a relationship. She admitted that he was insured to drive her car and that he occasionally did so as he did not have his own vehicle, but she continued to say that they were not in a relationship.

The panel was told that Det Supt Wagstaff explained to PC Brooks-Ashitey that it was no longer possible to manage the risk posed to the MPS while PC Brooks-Ashitey was in a relationship with, or had contact with AB. She was instructed to remove AB from her car insurance and to consider her future with the service. She was also instructed to provide details of how she removed AB from the home address, and that AB was to be given clear instructions not to go there for any reason.

On the night of May 10th, 2020 whilst parking a vehicle AB was arrested having given a saliva specimen that showed positive for cannabis he was taken to a police station and released at 4.15 am on the morning of the 11th May 2020. AB told the custody officers that he was “going to call his girlfriend to pick him up.” It was PC Brooks-Ashitey who collected AB from the police station and took him back to her house for the rest of the night. The Panel was told by the Approprate authority that PC Brooks-Ashitey did not declare this meeting, although she was required to do so.

The Panel found that PC Brooks-Ashitey breached the standards of honesty and integrity as well as a failure to carry out orders and instructions.

The panel was concerned that they had still not had an explanation from PC Brooks-Ashitey with regards to why she did not report the contact in May 2020 when she picked up AB, a known criminal, outside a police station. They felt this was the most egregious breach.

Metropolitan Police Service
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