policeNew figures have revealed that a total of 42 Metropolitan Police officers and staff have been disciplined in the first two months of 2013.

The figures for January and February show 19 officers were fired, ten received a formal reprimand, eight resigned before a hearing was held and five received a written warning.

Among those disciplined was a constable sacked for accessing the national database to spy on an ex-partner, a detective constable sacked after being charged for an assault on their partner and a PCSO sacked for making inappropriate comments to colleagues.

For the first time, Scotland Yard will be publishing the outcomes of misconduct hearings online as part of a transparency drive to boost public confidence in the force.

London Assembly Green Party member, Jenny Jones, said:

“I am pleased that the Met is now being transparent about the outcome of misconduct hearings.”

However, the published figures show that seven employees resigned before a misconduct hearing was held, and Jones stated:

“The revelation that so many officers are still able to resign before facing a misconduct hearing, I think will damage trust in the police.”

The force commented:

“As part of our commitment to transparency the outcomes of all misconduct hearings, where the case is found to be proven, will now be published on the MPS website. This will be updated on a quarterly basis.”

The police force also published figures for the whole of 2012, which showed 232 misconduct hearings were held, resulting in the dismissal of 96 police officers or staff.