Met officer who went on Nigerian Big Brother received final warning | Metropolitan Police

A Metropolitan Police officer has received a final written warning after appearing on the Nigerian version of Big Brother without permission.

A misconduct hearing has found PC Khafilat Kareem breached standards of professional behavior regarding ‘orders and instructions’ and ‘discreditable conduct’ so a final written warning should be given after evidence is given. a serious fault.

Kareem had applied for unpaid leave to appear on the show in July 2019, and although leave permission was granted, she was not allowed to appear on the show.

Shortly after being granted unpaid leave, Kareem left the UK and took her work laptop with her without permission. When she appeared on the show, she handed over her laptop to the show’s organizers.

The panel, led by an independent legal chair, found that Kareem breached standards of professional behavior.

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DCS Andy Day said: ‘Permission has been denied for PC Kareem to appear on the Nigerian version of Big Brother as it has been felt that it is not in the best interests of her or the Metropolitan Police Service to participate. Despite this refusal, she went to the show anyway.

“A detailed investigation was carried out by the Met’s Professional Standards Directorate which concluded that Kareem should be subject to serious misconduct proceedings.

“Being a police officer means you have to meet the standards of professional behavior. PC Kareem’s behavior is clearly far from up to par and she has been given a final written warning.

The panel found this breach of professional standards, relating to the laptop, proven to be misconduct.

Africa Magic, the television company behind Big Brother Naija, said it joined the show “so that it can do good for society”.

A profile of Kareem on the broadcaster’s website said she would spend the prize money worth 30 million naira (£68,000) to host a travel show touring Nigeria’s ‘beauty spots’ and “investing in charitable causes”. Kareem was in the Big Brother house for 77 days before being elected.

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