Pirate FM News 2 minute read

Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant under investigation after allegedly sharing inappropriate images

Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant under investigation after allegedly sharing inappropriate images

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:23pm 22nd June 2020.

A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant is under criminal investigation for allegedly distributing an inappropriate image among a WhatsApp group.

The sergeant is also being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for gross misconduct for apparently sharing the altered image on 30 May of George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis. 

The WhatsApp group included a number of police officers and staff. Some other members of the group are also being investigated for their alleged response to the image or their apparent failure to report the matter.

The serving of any misconduct notices will be kept under review.

The investigation follows a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police after one of the WhatsApp group members reported the image to their force manager.

“It will be of considerable public concern that such an image was apparently shared among colleagues by a serving police officer. We are criminally investigating the sergeant who allegedly shared the image, and examining the conduct of some others involved in the group.

“Our investigators will be considering whether the sharing of this image was motivated by racial discrimination. Devon and Cornwall Police has rightly promptly referred it to the IOPC, and I would like to assure people we are conducting a thorough and independent investigation.”

Catrin Evans, Regional Director

A criminal investigation does not mean criminal charges will necessarily follow. The serving of misconduct notices advises an individual their conduct is subject to investigation and does not necessarily imply guilt.

The IOPC oversees the police complaints system and investigates the most serious incidents and complaints involving the police in England and Wales.

It uses learning from its work to influence changes in policing. All of IOPC's work is done independently

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Nine Devon & Cornwall police officers have criminal convictions

Cornwall News: They are among at least 211 officers and PCSOs in the UK who have been convicted of criminal offences

Cornwall and Devon have seen over 500 dog attacks on livestock

Cornwall News: That is over the past five years, according to police figures

Newer articles

Urgent 999 appeal to find wanted man in Cornwall

Cornwall News: William Halliday Miranda was last seen in St Austell

Older articles

Death at Cornish care home after 'outbreak' of coronavirus

Cornwall News: 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 at Pengover House in Liskeard

Surfing vicar sets up drive-in church service in Newquay

Cornwall News: Over 50 vehicles attended the event in a car park

Most read

Body found in search for missing Camborne man

Cornwall News: James Mitchell, 41, has been missing since the beginning of last month.

Man dies after three-vehicle crash on the A38

Cornwall News: Police were called to the Glynn Valley but sadly he could not be saved

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall