Text officer keeps post

A POLICE officer found guilty of gross misconduct after sending racist and sexist texts has kept their job, Northamptonshire Police has revealed.

The behaviour of the officer, understood to be a police constable, was revealed by the force following a Freedom of Information request. It said the officer had been disciplined last year over text messages sent to another officer while off duty.

A police spokesman said: “We can confirm an officer was found guilty of racially and sexually related misconduct, which involved the sending of inappropriate texts to another officer while off duty. It was found these breached the high standards Northamptonshire Police demands of its officers.

“Sexist and racist behaviour will not be tolerated on or off duty. The officer accepted that the texts were wrong.

“The panel determined the matter had not affected the officer’s service to the community and as such the individual concerned has been allowed to continue to serve.”

Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council chief executive Anjona Roy said knowing a still-serving officer had sent racist and sexist texts could damage public confidence in the force. Northamptonshire Police Authority said it could not comment because it had not seen all the facts as presented to the panel.