Sussex

Brighton PC Paul Revell dismissed for using racist language

A policeman has been sacked for using racist language while on duty last year.

PC Paul Revell, 51, who was based at Brighton police station, was dismissed without notice at the end of a two-day gross misconduct hearing.

The panel heard he used the "N word" while with colleagues at Cobham M25 services in Surrey on 16 December.

PC Revell claimed he said it to stop "banter" while chatting about coffee cup labels at Starbucks.

The hearing at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes heard that his colleagues disputed his version of events.

'Not acceptable in 2016'

The panel said it thought the policeman, who has been with the force for 20 years, had taken too long to accept his use of the word was "totally acceptable".

The chair of the panel, John Bassett, said: "PC Revell did not see the seriousness of using the word he used in public and in front of his colleagues and that it has no place in modern policing.

"The panel considered long and hard but public confidence must be maintained in Sussex Police and it was concluded PC Revell would be dismissed from the force."

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said: "The panel felt PC Revell used his own set of standards to use language which is not acceptable in 2016.

"We do not want the views and behaviour of one officer to reflect on the hard work and high professional standards maintained by the rest of the staff and officers in Sussex Police."

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