Former Special Constable found to have committed gross misconduct

A former Essex Police Special Constable who shared posts on Twitter which contained offensive language has been found to have committed gross misconduct.

It was alleged that between 2018 and 2019 former Special Constable Kieren Morrison retweeted 22 posts which contained language which was offensive, discriminatory, and derogatory.

The posts were retweeted from a personal account while former SC Morrison was off duty.
He resigned on May 5, 2020.

At an Essex Police accelerated misconduct hearing, held virtually on Tuesday June 2, he was accused of breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Equality and Diversity, and Discreditable Conduct.

The Chief Constable found the allegations proven.

If former SC Morrison had not already resigned, the panel stated he would have been dismissed without notice.

Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “The public of Essex and I rightly expect the very highest standards from our officers in how they conduct themselves on or off duty. The views and language expressed in the posts retweeted by former Special Constable Kieren Morrison have absolutely no place whatsoever within Essex Police.

“They risk damaging the relationships we have with communities across the county and could discourage people from reporting crime or applying to work for us.”

The former Special Constable will now be included on the College of Policing Barred List, which prevents him from working within policing in the future.

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Mick Ferris

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