Hampshire police officers sacked for sexism and homophobia

Police officers sacked for sexism and homophobia

Police officers sacked for sexism and homophobia

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Three police officers have been sacked for ''deeply offensive'' sexism and homophobia, following a disciplinary hearing.

Det Sgt Mark Hall, Det Con Andy Holt, and Pc Colin Campbell were dismissed by Hampshire Constabulary after it received complaints from colleagues of ''bullying and inappropriate behaviour''.

The officers, all based at Havant, were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and dismissed for gross misconduct with immediate effect following a formal hearing on Wednesday (April 30).

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: ''The detail of these allegations was extremely serious in nature. The subsequent investigation uncovered evidence of grossly inappropriate and offensive behaviour centred on homophobic and sexist comments about colleagues within the force.

''I find the behaviour that we uncovered detestable. It is not something that I will tolerate within Hampshire Constabulary.''

An IPCC spokeswoman confirmed that the issue was referred to it in November last year and it agreed to supervise the force's investigation.

IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: ''The language and behaviours of these officers displayed deeply offensive homophobic and sexist attitudes towards others. Their casual and repeated use of demeaning language demonstrated a complete lack of respect for their colleagues and the force can only be stronger without them.

''They have no place in policing and their behaviour fell well below the standards expected by the people of Hampshire. I am satisfied that this case was treated with the seriousness it deserves by Hampshire Police and want to commend the force on the thorough and robust nature of their investigation once these allegations emerged.

''I endorse the action they have taken in dismissing these officers.''

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12:55pm Fri 2 May 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Well done hants constab! No institution needs people like those amongst them.
Well done hants constab! No institution needs people like those amongst them. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 39

1:03pm Fri 2 May 14

at_123 says...

Good to see that it was colleagues who reported them - shows not all police are the same and prepared to stand up to bigots in their ranks
Good to see that it was colleagues who reported them - shows not all police are the same and prepared to stand up to bigots in their ranks at_123
  • Score: 46

4:12pm Fri 2 May 14

solomum says...

Well done Hampshire Constabulary. In my workplace, it is gross misconduct if there is any kind of behaviour that would cause offence to colleagues. Abuse to others has no place in society.
Well done Hampshire Constabulary. In my workplace, it is gross misconduct if there is any kind of behaviour that would cause offence to colleagues. Abuse to others has no place in society. solomum
  • Score: 19

9:19pm Fri 2 May 14

A Bullied Victim says...

What about sacking the spineless bullies who pick on the hard working well respected PCs who force them out of the force ...........
What about sacking the spineless bullies who pick on the hard working well respected PCs who force them out of the force ........... A Bullied Victim
  • Score: 3

11:47pm Fri 2 May 14

thesouth says...

A Bullied Victim wrote:
What about sacking the spineless bullies who pick on the hard working well respected PCs who force them out of the force ...........
They have sacked them....... That's the whole point of the story.....?????
[quote][p][bold]A Bullied Victim[/bold] wrote: What about sacking the spineless bullies who pick on the hard working well respected PCs who force them out of the force ...........[/p][/quote]They have sacked them....... That's the whole point of the story.....????? thesouth
  • Score: -3

8:48am Sat 3 May 14

MPOV says...

thesouth wrote:
A Bullied Victim wrote:
What about sacking the spineless bullies who pick on the hard working well respected PCs who force them out of the force ...........
They have sacked them....... That's the whole point of the story.....?????
Maybe he/she was referring to management?!
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Bullied Victim[/bold] wrote: What about sacking the spineless bullies who pick on the hard working well respected PCs who force them out of the force ...........[/p][/quote]They have sacked them....... That's the whole point of the story.....?????[/p][/quote]Maybe he/she was referring to management?! MPOV
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Sat 3 May 14

Niel says...

Sacked, makes a change from the usual allowed to resign so as to keep their pensions and to rejoin another Police force with a clean sheet. Met an ex-MET officer who joined HantsPol as a PCSO like that, with the knowledge he'd be a Constable again in 2 years!
Sacked, makes a change from the usual allowed to resign so as to keep their pensions and to rejoin another Police force with a clean sheet. Met an ex-MET officer who joined HantsPol as a PCSO like that, with the knowledge he'd be a Constable again in 2 years! Niel
  • Score: 1

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