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Paddick heads up Crime Academy
Brian Paddick
Brian Paddick was accused of smoking cannabis
A former police chief who pioneered a softy-softly approach to cannabis in south London is to head up the Met's new Crime Academy.

Commander Brian Paddick, was moved from his 93,000-per-year post in Lambeth after allegations about drug taking made by a former boyfriend.

He is now in charge of policy co-ordination and community problem solving in the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Directorate.

This gives him responsibility for the Crime Academy in Hendon, north London.

Although, he has no hands-on involvement, he will be dealing with policy issues concerning the centre.

The academy is a result of the merger between The Scientific Support College, which was part of the Specialist Crime Directorate, and the Detective Training School.

Cutting edge policing

But Commander Paddick told BBC London that "there's no substitute for operational command as far as I'm concerned".

He added: "This is an extremely exciting initiative.

"I have other responsibilities as well involving communities and how they can help fight serious crime, such as murder and gun crime in particular.

"It is at the cutting edge of policing."

'Lack of judgment'

Opening the centre, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), Toby Harris, said: "The Met has developed unparalleled skills in the fields of counter-terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery and homicide investigation and to maintain this standard we must ensure we provide our officers with the very best training available."

Commander Paddick, Britain's highest ranking openly gay officer, moved from his post at Lambeth after ex-boyfriend James Renolleau claimed he smoked cannabis and allowed the drug to be used at his home.

The Crown Prosecution Service launched an investigation but no charges were brought. Commander Paddick has always denied the allegations.

The MPA wrote a letter to Commander Paddick which said he had "demonstrated lack of judgement" in allowing cannabis to be smoked on his premises and failing to take positive action to deal with it.

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