Former Cambridgeshire police officer found to have committed gross misconduct after sending racist text messages

Officer retired earlier this year – but would have been dismissed if he had still been with force

By Stephen Briggs
Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 4:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2022, 12:16 pm
Cambridgeshire Police

A former Cambridgeshire police officer has been found to have committed gross misconduct after sending racist text messages while he was employed by the force.

At a private hearing at the force headquarters last week (26 April), the former police constable, who has not been named by Cambridgeshire Police, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Equality and Diversity and Discreditable Conduct, amounting to gross misconduct.

The hearing heard that between 2009 and 2010 the officer sent text messages to a colleague that contained text that was racist, discriminatory and inappropriate.

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A spokesman for the force said the PC retired from Cambridgeshire Constabulary in February this year.

Cambridgeshire Police said that the hearing concluded that the officer would have been dismissed had he still been with the force.