A Metropolitan police employee who works in the unit handling emergency calls from the public has been arrested under the investigation into alleged corrupt payments from journalists.
The 33-year-old woman was arrested by Operation Elveden detectives at a residential address in Essex on Tuesday morning on suspicion of misconduct in public office, Scotland Yard said.
The woman works in the force's central communications command, the unit that handles emergency 999 calls and non-emergency calls from across London.
Her arrest is the 79th made under Operation Elveden, the inquiry into alleged illicit payments from journalists to police and public officials.
The Met police said in a statement: “The woman, a serving member of police staff in the MPS central communications command, was taken to an east London police station where she remains in custody.”
Operation Elveden is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the force's phone-hacking investigation.
The communications command handles an average of 6,000 emergency calls and 15,000 non-emergency calls a day from its three London centres in Bow, Lambeth and Hendon.