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A special constable has been jailed for perverting the course of justice.

Ben Sawyer, 26, a serving Metropolitan Police Volunteer Special Constable attached to Greenwich Borough was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, 28 June.

The officer was off-duty at the time of the alleged offence on 26 July 2013 in which he gave a false alibi and statement in relation to a report of grievous bodily harm. The officer was not involved in the assault, however, he provided an alibi for one of the suspects.

He was charged on 29 August 2014 and was found guilty of perverting the course of justice on Thursday, 2 June at Woolwich Crown Court.

In delivering his sentence Judge Mann said: “You [MSC Sawyer] more than most would appreciate the importance of the public having confidence in people entrusted to uphold the law.

“The police must be trusted, honest and relied upon to tell the truth. Giving a false alibi is a terrible matter. As soon as you showed your warrant card you knew it would have an influence on the attending officers who had turned up to arrest the suspect for an assault.”

Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner, OCU Commander of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “Attempting to pervert the course of justice is a serious matter. Being a full time officer or as in this case, a volunteer, performing the role as a ‘Special Constable’, there is no excuse whatsoever. The public look to us for honesty and Sawyer failed the Met, himself and the public by his actions.”

MSC Sawyer was sentenced to 12 months in prison, however will serve half of the sentence on license. He was made to pay £100 costs.

The officer had been placed on restricted duties.

Now that the criminal proceedings have concluded a misconduct review will take place.

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