Police officer fired after giving mates a lift with blue lights on
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A police officer has been sacked after he'd given his mates a lift in a police vehicle with the emergency 'blue lights on'.
As well as having his employment terminated on 5 May, PC Christopher Fletcher is also facing numerous allegations spanning from March to June 2020.
Members of a misconduct panel found his actions to amount to gross misconduct and Fletcher was dismissed without notice after a four-day public hearing.
The panel also found that the allegations were proven and that he had breached the standards appropriate to the professional conduct of a police officer with a number of alleged offences.
These breaches included respect of confidentiality, orders and instructions, authority, courtesy and respect, discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity.
One claim said that he had misused a police vehicle by giving his friends a lift with the car's emergency blue lights illuminated and also contravening a traffic signal.
There was an additional allegation that Fletcher had accessed police intelligence systems for purposes that didn't relate to his policing duties.
It was also alleged that his conduct towards two individuals could be perceived as harassing, bullying and victimising.
When questioned about the events in question, it was claimed that he had gave a 'dishonest answer' about what had happened.
Superintendent Jo Arundale, head of professional standards, issued a statement that said: “Officers are expected to fulfil their duties to high standards within policing and on this occasion, the officer has fallen below that expectation.
“As a result of his actions and in not fulfilling his duties and responsibilities, he has undermined the public’s trust and confidence in the police force.
“Conduct of this kind will not be tolerated within Devon & Cornwall Police and therefore this was the right and proper outcome.”
As well as being dismissed without notice, the panel also decided to submit Fletcher's details to the College of Policing Barred List.
Being on the list prevents him from working within policing in the future.
LADbible has reached out to Devon & Cornwall Police for additional comment.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, it's been decided that a cop from Victoria, Australia, who took a late-night spin in a trolley while on duty will not be reprimanded.
Bizarre footage emerged of a police officer being pushed around a roundabout by a civilian in the town of Cowes on Phillip Island on New Year's Eve.
As the cop goes for a ride, people can be heard cheering on the officer for the fun ride while other officers watch on.
The clip, which was posted by the Brown Cardigan Facebook page, wrote in the caption: “Nothing to see here, just some doughnut-loving coppers.”