Gross misconduct proven for Greater Manchester Police sergeant who used racist language

10 Jul 2019 01:10 PM

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer has received a final written warning following an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation.

Police Sergeant Philip King used racist language while on duty.

The matter came to light when GMP were carrying out a separate criminal investigation in February 2018, when they reviewed a conversation between PS King and another officer on body worn video.

Our investigation, completed in August 2018, found evidence of a case to answer for grossmisconduct for using language to describe members of the public which breached the standards of professional behaviour.

GMP agreed with our findings and they scheduled a hearing to take place on 8 and 9 July, and the case against the officer was found proven by the independent panel.

IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe yesterday:

“Racist behaviour or use of racist language has no place in policing, or any organisation. The vast majority of police officers uphold professional standards and show respectful behaviour. In this matter, that was clearly not the case.

“Where there is concern that a police officer or member of staff may have behaved in a way or used language that is discriminatory, it is right that it is investigated and their actions are held to account.

“I can only hope that the decision to give PS King a final written warning means that he is expected to learn from this, and ensure he and others understand this should not happen again.”