Racist and of­fen­sive text mes­sages ends po­lice of­fi­cer’s ca­reer

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A PO­LICE of­fi­cer who re­signed from the force for send­ing racist text mes­sages can­not be iden­ti­fied for le­gal rea­sons.

On Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, Thames Val­ley

Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble Fran­cis Hab­good held a mis­con­duct hear­ing for the of­fi­cer, who can only be known as Of­fi­cer A.

He was found guilty of gross mis­con­duct after breach­ing the Stan­dards of Pro­fes­sional Be­hav­iour in re­spect of Dis­cred­itable Con­duct, Author­ity, Re­spect and Cour­tesy and Equal­ity and Di­ver­sity.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice said that it had car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in which the for­mer of­fi­cer’s mobile tele­phone was ex­am­ined by in­ves­ti­ga­tors. It con­tained a num­ber of racist and of­fen­sive text mes­sages which were shared with mem­bers of the pub­lic on var­i­ous dates be­tween April 1 last year and Jan­uary 15 this year.

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris Ward, Head of Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards for Thames

Val­ley Po­lice, said: “The texts sent were racist, of­fen­sive and very un­pleas­ant.

“They un­der­mine the ex­cel­lent work car­ried out by hard-work­ing po­lice of­fi­cers ev­ery day and we are res­o­lute in our de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­pose the mi­nor­ity of our staff who hold such views and be­have in this way.

“The pub­lic can be re­as­sured that there is no place for peo­ple who be­have like this in polic­ing.”

At the hear­ing, held at the force’s head­quar­ters in Kidling­ton, Ox­ford­shire, Chief Con­sta­ble Fran­cis Hab­good con­cluded that the mat­ters were proven and so se­ri­ous that had the of­fi­cer not re­signed, they would have been dis­missed from the Po­lice Ser­vice.

The for­mer of­fi­cer will be reg­is­tered on

The Col­lege of Polic­ing’s Barred List, He was also granted anonymity fol­low­ing le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

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