Senior Scottish police officer cleared of cheating allegation over test

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson completed the command course at the first attempt in March last year. Picture: Andrew Cowan
Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson completed the command course at the first attempt in March last year. Picture: Andrew Cowan
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One of Scotland’s most senior police officers has been cleared of an allegation he cheated on a test by passing off a colleague’s work as his own.

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) said Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson had no case to answer following an anonymous tip off to the force’s whistleblowing line last year.

It was claimed Mr Mawson, a close ally of former Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, submitted work carried out by an officer under his command while attending the UK College of Policing’s Strategic Command Course (SCC) in Sunningdale, Berkshire.

Had the allegation been proved, it would have likely marked the end of the assistant chief constable’s career.

But in a statement posted on its website, the SPA said no further action would be taken on the matter.

It said: “In April 2015, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) received notification from Police Scotland that an anonymous allegation had been made against ACC Wayne Mawson via the confidential internal Integrity Matters reporting mechanism.

“Following thorough consideration and independent investigation by the Police and Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) of the allegation made against ACC Wayne Mawson, the SPA’s Complaint and Conduct Committee met in April 2016 and determined that ACC Mawson has no case to answer in respect of misconduct or gross misconduct.

“The SPA is satisfied that this matter has been appropriately considered and will take no further action.”

It added: “Although the SPA would not normally offer public comment on specific cases, and with the agreement of ACC Mawson, the SPA felt it appropriate to make this statement due to the officer being named publicly in previous media coverage.”

It was reported last year that Mr Mawson was under investigation over a course which assistant chief constables would normally be expected to have already passed.

Mr Mawson had been appointed ACC, with responsibility for community policing in western Scotland, without having completed the command course.

He completed it in March last year, at his first attempt, two years after being appointed.

But it was alleged the senior officer had passed off another’s work as his own.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We note and welcome the outcome of the SPA’s consideration of this matter.

ACC Mawson will continue to serve the communities of Scotland in his role as a valued member of the Police Scotland executive team.”