A Met Police PCSO has been fined after a video was shared online of him performing a sexual act on himself in daylight in a public park while on duty.
Kevin Phillips, 56, resigned after he was filmed by a member of the public committing the “repulsive” offence on a park bench.
The viral video shared on Twitter had tens of thousands views and showed the police community support officer (PCSO) pleasuring himself while using his mobile phone.
A member of the public, who filmed Phillips covertly, later confronted him and managed to photograph his badge number - leading investigators to track him down.
A 33-second clip, filmed by a member of the public, was posted on social media at 8.43pm on Wednesday, March 30.
Phillips was arrested at his home address early the day, and was charged with outraging public decency.
He admitted the offence and was fined £500 at Croydon Crown Court today.
The shocking incident took place in Dog Kennel Hill Park, East Dulwich, while Phillips was on duty.
Ch Supt Simon Ovens, who leads the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command where Phillips was attached to, described the PCSO’s actions as “repulsive”.
He said: “Phillips’ behaviour that day was repulsive and is contrary to everything the decent officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police stand for.
“He has let down a great many of his colleagues and the public whom we serve.
“There is absolutely no place in the Met for such appalling behaviour.”
Ch Supt Ovens said officers worked the through the night to identify and arrest him.
He explained: “The investigation, led by our new Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences professionalism team, resulted in Phillips’ arrest, charge and guilty plea within 48 hours.
“I trust such swift action will assure the public how seriously we take breaches of trust and confidence and how robustly we will work to root out those who undermine the service.”
The matter was referred by the Met to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, and a local investigation was carried out by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
Phillips resigned but this did not stop misconduct proceedings taking place.
An accelerated special case hearing, chaired by Ch Supt Ovens, took place on May 26, which found that had Phillips still been a serving member of police staff he would have been dismissed without notice.