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Paddick gets Met promotion
Commander Brian Paddick
Brian Paddick was moved to a desk job
A police officer who pioneered a "softly softly" approach to policing cannabis when he was a commander in south London has been promoted.

Brian Paddick has been appointed acting deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Paddick, who told officers in Lambeth not to arrest people for carrying small amounts of cannabis, starts the job on 1 December.

He was moved from his post in Lambeth after an allegation about drug taking, which he denied.

His existing post puts him in charge of policy co-ordination and community problem solving in the Met's Specialist Crime Directorate.

Ecstasy 'low priority'

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the exact role of his new job had not yet been defined.

Commander Paddick is Britain's highest ranking openly gay officer, and in July he led a march of gay police officers through central London as part of the Gay Pride festival.

He spearheaded a controversial pilot scheme in Lambeth in July 2001 which saw officers taking a more relaxed approach to possession of cannabis to free up more time to tackle the hard drug problem.

He was moved from his 93,000-a-year post at Lambeth in March last year after an ex-boyfriend claimed he smoked cannabis and allowed the drug to be used at his home.

The Crown Prosecution Service investigated the allegations, but in October 2002 it announced there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Paddick.

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