Se­nior of­fi­cer faces ac­tion for say­ing ‘whiter than white’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Vic­to­ria Ward

A SE­NIOR Met Po­lice of­fi­cer who used the phrase “whiter than white” faces los­ing his job for al­leged racism and gross mis­con­duct.

The Lon­don de­tec­tive su­per­in­ten­dent is said to have made the com­ment in a brief­ing to col­leagues dur­ing which he dis­cussed the need to be fault­less and above re­proach in car­ry­ing out in­quiries.

A com­plaint was made about his choice of words which was passed to the po­lice watch­dog for in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard.

He has been placed on re­stricted du­ties while the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct in­ves­ti­gates and has re­port­edly been warned the in­quiry may take a year to com­plete.

Fel­low of­fi­cers are un­der­stood to be up­set that a col­league’s ca­reer hangs in the bal­ance for us­ing a com­mon phrase widely used with­out con­tro­versy. They sug­gested the in­quiry was proof that the po­lice mis­con­duct process had got out of hand.

One said: “There was no bad in­tent in this com­ment. It may have been a poor use of lan­guage but this is not what the mis­con­duct process is for. This is not cor­rup­tion, this is not se­ri­ous wrong­do­ing. There should be in­for­mal ways of deal­ing with this, par­tic­u­larly at a time when we are so short of ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers.”

An in­quiry con­cern­ing an of­fi­cer’s use of the phrase “pale, stale and male” in an­other force is also said to be in progress.

A spokesman said: “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged use of lan­guage de­lib­er­ately in­tended to of­fend and that had racist un­der­tones. It in no way in­di­cates that mis­con­duct pro­ceed­ings will take place.”

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