ECHO COMMENT: Investigation into police officer was waste of everyone's time
THE most important question about the investigation of what was or wasn’t said by a black officer at a private police event hasn’t been answered.
Just how much did the investigation cost?
We’re told it was “covered by the professional standards department as part of its regular duties”, which doesn’t tell us anything.
But if ever a mountain has been made out of a molehill, this is it.
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The officer, allegedly, commented privately to the only other black officer present that he felt he “should be offering around the cocaine or something.”
It was apparently a joke; if not a funny one. If, in fact, it was said at all.
Because the investigation reveals that the complaint was third-hand from someone who was not even at the event.
Surely there was a point earlier in this process where somebody should have said two little words: “So what?”
If anybody present had been offended, they certainly hadn’t complained about it, so why was an investigation even held?
We seem to have reached a point in society - and in public sector organisations in particular - where being seen to do the right thing has taken precedence over common sense.
We’re told the words attributed to the officer were completely inaccurate, that no racist language was used and that no disciplinary action was necessary.
He was completely exonerated then? Well, not quite. He has apparently been given “words of advice” because the conversation - which only one other officer heard - could have been inappropriate.
Confused? So are we. But one thing is crystal clear. This was a colossal waste of everyone’s time - and an investigation that should never have happened.
IT’S a terrible indictment that the system has let homeless couple Cathy Johnson and Lee Simms down so badly they are living in a tent.
Perhaps they can do more to work with the authorities to get help, but it is not their fault that circumstances have transpired to put them both out of work.
The fact a new night shelter will open in February is little consolation to them this Christmas.