THE head of professional standards at the Met Police is being probed over gross misconduct and criminal allegations.
Deputy assistant commissioner Matt Horne allegedly abused his position by accessing confidential information for his infamous “rubber ball” bullying case when he was with Essex Police.
It is claimed he got info from a City of London Police commander.
Today, the Independent Office for Police Conduct did not name Mr Horne as it announced it was probing “alleged breaches of Section 55 Data Protection Act”.
Anyone convicted under data laws can get a £5,000 fine by JPs or an unlimited one at crown court.
Mr Horne made headlines while Essex deputy chief constable in 2018 when he hurled a rubber stress ball at a fellow cop.
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He was found guilty of three counts of misconduct at an internal tribunal but went unpunished due to his outstanding service.
The Met was blasted in October for giving him a £147,000-a-year professional standards post. He will be on restricted duties pending the watchdog’s probe.
City Police commander Dave Clarke, who allegedly supplied him with confidential information, left the service but faces a separate probe.
Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:30:00 +0000