Tony Bundays statement regarding the dismissed Hampshire officers:

“Last week a number of Hampshire and IOW Police Officers were dismissed for gross misconduct following an investigation into their behaviour following an internal investigation. All initiated by a whistle-blowing report.

I would like to go on record as saying I fully support the Chief Constable and her senior team in the action they have taken and the seriousness with which they have viewed this behaviour. I do not believe that in our modern police force that the attitudes shown by these officers is now the accepted norm. I believe this is born out by the fact that one of their own colleagues was moved to report them, conversations I have had with serving police officers and the condemnation of their behaviour by the Hampshire and IOW Police Federation. There is no place for such behaviour in any public service. Indeed in any place in our society.

The considerable resources that must have been committed to the investigation, and the commitment to the cost of the internal disciplinary process that established gross misconduct, involving barristers on both sides, is clear evidence of the commitment by the senior management of our Police Service that such behaviour is both unacceptable and will be challenged very robustly.

I fully and unreservedly support the decision to investigate the reports as fully and determinedly as they were, and the actions of Chief Constable and disciplinary panel in establishing that this was indeed gross misconduct and worthy of dismissal.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the unknown whistle-blower. Whistle-blowing is a very hard thing to do. I know from personal experience that there is the most intense pressure on a person not to ‘rock the boat’ in that way. There is a threshold that has to be reached before a report is made, even by people with the highest standards of integrity and probity. The fact that this investigation was initiated by a whistle-blower is in its own way a measure of the seriousness of what went on. Sir or madam, I salute you. Your action was brave and worthy of the greatest respect. All our public services need more people like you. In fact, our society needs more people like you.”

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