THE Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has dismissed a special constable for his homophobic behaviour on Facebook.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, has dismissed the GMP special constable without notice, and announced the action in a Tweet on Thursday afternoon.
The unknown constable, a trained volunteer who works with the local police, posted the inappropriate comment on the social media site which Hopkins said has “no place in policing.”
Chief Constable Hopkins explained the dismissal on Twitter, writing: “This afternoon I have dismissed without notice a Special Constable from @gmpolice for making a homophobic comment on a disgusting homophobic post on Facebook.
“Totally unacceptable behaviour and no place in policing for this.”
This afternoon I have dismissed without notice a Special Constable from @gmpolice for making a homophobic comment on a disgusting homophobic post on Facebook. Totally unacceptable behaviour & no place in policing for this.
— CC Ian Hopkins (@CCIanHopkins) December 14, 2017
Social media users have applauded the Chief Constables action, calling it “a very positive move” and thanking Hopkins for withholding a zero tolerance ideology.
The GMP Pride Network also responded to the Tweet and wrote: “This is a really positive action by our Chief Constable, sharing this on social media, sends a positive message to the LGBT community and other communities that hatred and intolerance is not acceptable in GMP #WeStandTogether #PoliceWithPride.”
It is not yet clear what comment was made by the special constable.