In the messages, the disgraced Essex Police response officer referred to a “pikey killings trial” and said Asians “reproduce like 3/1 compared to us”.
The former Royal Signals soldier even described a waitress working in a London bar as a “hot black chick”, “umbongo” and “coco angel” when out with friends.
Not exactly enlightened.
Mitigation heard that he had never used the language with his police colleagues or shown any prejudice whilst serving the public.
Alston joined the force in 2013 after working as a PCSO and served in the Army Reserve for more than 10 years.
Detective Superintendent Dean Chapple, head of the Essex Police’s professional standards department, said: “PC Alston was a highly respected and capable officer however his conduct, whilst off duty and in the presence of selected friends who were not associated with policing, fell way below the standards we expect of our officers and in no way represents our values.
“All police officers are responsible for their own actions and we cannot just turn off those standards and values in policing when it suits a given environment or group.”
Sure, what you do at work is fair game. But nattering over a pint with non-work mates – which is roughly what a WhatsApp group is – gets you canned? Don’t we think that’s delving a little too far into what should be private life?
This is also a tad extreme:
Alston failed to challenge homophobic slurs
You mean, in private life, that’s necessary? When in buggery did this become a requirement for anyone? You’re in a pub, someone says “shirtlifter”, you fail to walk over and tell ’em off and you lose your job as a thief taker? Might we not have made a societal error here?