Four police officers from Northern Ireland have been suspended over alleged racist and sectarian and inappropriate text messages.
As a part of internal investigation, the officers were removed from duty on Thursday. The internal investigation has been launched by the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s professional standards department after the allegedly offensive messages were disclosed during a separate internal investigation course. The PSNI has told that those suspended belong to different areas throughout the organisation and are not senior officers.
A PSNI spokeswoman has stated that this case has no link to the ongoing Metropolitan Police investigations during which eight officers and a civilian staff member were suspended after complaints of racism. The force has told that the inquiry would be robust.
The PSNI has stated: “The Police Service is proud of its reputation for delivering a personal, professional and protective policing service to the people of Northern Ireland and we expect our staff to behave ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times both on and off duty. Any officer who fails to abide by the high standards of behaviour expected of all officers as laid out in our code of ethics can expect to be rigorously investigated.”
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