Leeds police officer sacked after drink-driving conviction

A West Yorkshire Police officer has been dismissed by his force with immediate effect after being convicted for drink-driving.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 17th December 2015, 4:05 pm

Pc Ryan Roodt, a neighbourhood policing team officer based in Leeds, admitted driving whilst over the prescribed limit during a court hearing after being arrested “on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink”.

He appeared in front of a public misconduct hearing this week, where he was accused of “breaching the standards of professional behaviour in relation to Discreditable Conduct”.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed today that Mr Roodt had been sacked, but declined to provide any further details. It said: “The charge was proved and the officer was dismissed without notice.”

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Mr Roodt declined to comment when approached by The Yorkshire Post. He is one of several officers from the force to be dismissed since police forces were told to hold misconduct hearings involving their officers in public in May.

In October, a West Yorkshire Police officer, Toni Darroch, was sacked without notice a year after being cleared in court of perverting the course of justice.

She was found not guilty in a trial at Leeds Crown Court over the incident at a hairdressing salon in Wakefield after allegedly telling a drug dealer to wipe her fingerprints off a box containing cannabis.

According to the force: “The officer attended at a misconduct hearing after discrepancies were raised in relation to their evidence at court.”

Last month, a sergeant was dismissed without notice over an allegation that they “abused their position by commencing a relationship with a vulnerable female who they had met through the course of their duties”.

Since the start of May police forces nationwide have been told to hold misconduct hearings involving their officers in public as part of efforts to increase transparency.

Earlier this year, a Humberside Police officer who assaulted two men was sacked in the first public hearing of its kind in the region. Pc Andrew Leggott assaulted two men when he was among officers called to a disturbance in Scunthorpe.