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TikTok: Police Officers warned over ‘unprofessional and offensive’ videos

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Two police officers have been issued with a final written warning after being found to have committed Gross Misconduct by uploading TikTok videos.

Both police officers had appeared in videos in uniform inside a police station within “numerous” clips.

During the time the videos had been created and uploaded the officers were on duty and in uniform.

Because of their actions they have been found to have committed gross misconduct and almost lost their jobs.

During one of the TikTok videos both of the officers were in full uniform in a police station and were dancing in an “inappropriate way utilising fire marshal tabards”.

Within another video, the police officers appeared within a police vehicle and were “shouting offensive language”.

The Police Constables who have been named as Amy Taylor and April Cooper both of Cambridgeshire Police were subject to disciplinary hearing after a member of the public had reported the “unprofessional”.

Chief Constable Nick Dean commented on the TikTok videos saying “These videos, which i have seen, range from dancing in uniform in a police station whilst on duty, to being within a marked police vehicle, in uniform, on duty, using offensive language.”

CC Dean added that one of the captions for the clip was “when calling in sick at work and they ask what’s up”, Pc Cooper appeared in uniform shouting “coronavirus” down a phone.

“This clip was made in the height of a pandemic which is still ongoing yet you appear to be insensitive to the many thousands who have suffered and the vital role that emergency services and other agencies played in this outbreak, and continue to do so,”

“This clearly shows a lack of respect and sensitivity to those that were suffering or indeed their families and friends.

“This brings the service into disrepute and damages public confidence.

“You did not treat the public or your colleagues with respect or courtesy.”

Although CC Dean accepted that the aim of the videos was of “motivation” and to “boost morale” some of the clips “cannot in any way be seen to do this”.

The TikTok videos that were uploaded has an “extensive” reach but once the officers had the clips highlighted to them they took immediate action and removed them.

CC Dean added “I accept that in hindsight that you both have accepted that you did not consider the wider implications of your actions at the time, however, there is no doubt in my mind that the clips have damaged the reputation of this Constabulary,”

Both officers behaviour was found to have amounted to gross misconduct and both have been issued with a final written warning.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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