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Cambridgeshire officers given final written warning over TikTok videos


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Two Cambridgeshire Constabulary officers who posted TikTok videos of themselves on duty and in uniform were given a final written warning for their "unprofessional" conduct.


Date - 16th September 2020
By - Chloe Livadeas

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PC Amy Taylor and PC April Cooper were found to have committed gross misconduct after a member of the public reported the videos to the force in April this year.

TikTok is a social media platform where users can publicly post short video-clips.

In one clip, both officers were seen in full uniform in a police station dancing in an “inappropriate way utilising fire marshal tabards”.

In another, they appeared in a police vehicle “shouting offensive language”.

One clip, which had the caption “when calling in sick at work and they ask what’s up”, PC Cooper appeared in uniform shouting “coronavirus” down a phone.

Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “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." 

He went on to say: “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.”

CC Dean said he accepted that the officers’ “motivation was to boost morale” but added that “some of the clips presented cannot in any way be seen to do this”.

He said that the reach of the videos on TikTok had been “extensive” but that the officers took “immediate action” to remove the clips once highlighted to them.

“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,” CC Dean said.

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Well considering a Met Chief Superintendent kept his job after two convictions for drink drive, I think their punishment in comparison is on the harsh side. Or Ali Dizaei not disciplined for writing a book called “Not one of us”whilst serving  , there seems to be one rule for rank and another for the rank and file.

I don’t condone the PCs behaviour but I don’t think  discipline sanctions are fairly applied. 

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