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West Midlands Police officer resigns after using force’s Twitter account to message gay men

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  1. Craig Denney 7 Feb 2013, 11:35am

    Sound’s a bit heavy-handed to me!

    I’ve worked in partnership with the Police and sometimes the only contact I had with the police was through official methods. Like if I wanted to get to know them better or inviting them to an event.

    1. Craig Denney 7 Feb 2013, 1:11pm

      I have found out he was an ‘un-paid’ volunteer who worked 320 hours last
      year!

  2. Sounds extremely heavy handed what damage would he have done to the Force because of his behavior?..nothing
    take disciplinary action for use of social media,,the world we live in..shhhh!.

  3. Most cops are scum so I suspect the motive for this decision was anything but benign.

    1. as the saying goes it takes one to know one

  4. We really have not been told enough. Was he using an official Police account for quite explicit hook-ups or sharing sexual fantasies, for example? Would a heterosexual officer be similarly disciplined for equivalent behaviour? Defining the reaction as ‘heavy-handed’ surely depends on the answers to these questions.

    1. I agree. We need to know exactly what he posted before forming any views.

  5. Neon Genesis 7 Feb 2013, 1:21pm

    As long as he wasn’t harassing people against their will or something, I don’t see why this is big enough of a deal to make him resign over it. At least maybe a suspension or something like that but to make someone resign after a decade of service over something like using a computer for personal use seems silly unless they’re covering something else up.

  6. Frank Boulton 7 Feb 2013, 1:58pm

    There are two important issues here.

    Would the outcome have been better for him, if he had been using police time and resources to message women? Perhaps, the outcome would have been different but it shouldn’t be. That’s the test for homophobia.

    He pre-empted the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings by resigning. I’m not enamoured of the police but this case is not a clear-cut one.

  7. He was thinking with the wrong head

  8. Who cares, I wish he’d messaged me.. haha

  9. Whats all the fuss about…another good guy bites the dust…

  10. damn shame. He’s gorgeous!

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