TikTok: Cambridgeshire police officers warned over ‘offensive’ videos
Two police officers committed serious misconduct by posting “offensive and inappropriate” TikTok videos while in uniform, a
found the misconduct panel.
Cambridgeshire Police Frs Amy Taylor and April Cooper posted clips of themselves “shouting abusive language” in a police car and inappropriate dancing in a police station.
Officials said at the hearing that the videos were “to lift morale”.
Both officers received final written warnings.
Police Chief Nick Dean said: “I have no doubt that the clips have damaged the reputation of this police.”
They were reported by an audience member who had seen the videos and felt “unprofessional”.
‘Insensitive to those who suffer’
In one video, both officers were in uniform “dancing inappropriately using the fire brigade boards”.
In another video clip PC Cooper was seen in uniform shouting “coronavirus” on a phone with the caption “when you call sick at work and ask what’s up”.
Chief Constable Dean said in his ruling: “This clip was made in the midst of a pandemic that is still ongoing, but it appears you are numb to the many thousands who have suffered and the vital role that the emergency services play. and other agencies have played into this epidemic, and continue to do so.
“This clearly shows a lack of respect and sensitivity towards those who were suffering or even their families and friends.
“The respect shown to your colleagues in behaving this way demonstrates a lack of respect for them and a lack of self-control on the part of both.
“This cannot be said to have been a momentary drop in concentration.”
At the hearing it was said that the reach of the social media videos had been wide before they were removed.
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