Thurrock special constable dismissed after failing drug test

A SPECIAL case hearing chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh found that Steven Zajko breached the standards of professional behaviour in the areas of discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity. The hearing was told SC Zajko had a hair sample drugs test as part of an application to join Avon and Somerset Police in April 2016. He had claimed to have not consumed any illegal drugs and/or prescribed drugs.

But the results of a hair analysis were consistent with the use of cannabis between December 2015 and mid-April 2016.

During an interview in September, SC Zajko admitted he had smoked cannabis in March or April 2016.

The special constable, who was based in Thurrock, was dismissed for gross misconduct following the hearing at Chelmsford County Court today, Friday December 9.

After the hearing, Mr Kavanagh said: “I have taken into consideration the personal circumstances of the special constable in this case.

“However, officers are expected to deal with those who take drugs as part of their daily responsibilities, so the smoking of cannabis compromises both the standards and reputation of the police service.

“Public confidence in the police is a matter of the utmost importance.

“SC Zajko showed clear dishonesty by lying during the drugs test procedure. The test was part of a process designed to ensure potential policing recruits have the right character to become a police officer, and sadly he was prepared to lie to undermine that process.”

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