Two law enforcement officials dedicated gross misconduct by posting “offensive and inappropriate” TikTok movies whereas in uniform, a
PCs Amy Taylor and April Cooper of Cambridgeshire Police posted clips of themselves “shouting offensive language” in a police automobile and dancing inappropriately in a police station.
The officers instructed the listening to the movies have been “to boost morale”.
Both officers got last written warnings.
Chief Constable Nick Dean mentioned: “There is no doubt in my mind that the clips have damaged the reputation of this constabulary.”
They have been reported by a member of the general public who had seen the movies and felt they have been “unprofessional”.
‘Insensitive to these struggling’
In one video each officers have been in uniform “dancing in an inappropriate way utilising fire marshal tabards”.
In one other video clip PC Cooper was seen in uniform shouting “coronavirus” down a cellphone with the caption “when calling in sick at work and they ask what’s up”.
Mr Dean mentioned in his ruling: “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 exhibits an absence of respect and sensitivity to those who have been struggling or certainly their households and associates.
“The respect shown to your colleagues in behaving this way demonstrates a lack of respect for them and a lack of self-control by you both.
“It can’t be mentioned that this was a momentary lapse of focus.”
The hearing was told the reach of the videos on social media had been extensive before they were taken down.