Senior officer faces action for saying ‘whiter than white’
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.”