Detective and constable are fired for exchanging vile racist messages

Detective and constable who exchanged ‘racist, discriminatory and offensive’ messages are dismissed for gross misconduct

  • Det Con Danielle Kirby and PC James Mills were both at North Yorkshire Police 
  • The messages, which were sent in 2018 and 2019, were described as ‘repulsive’ 
  • Both officers were suspended and have now been sacked for gross misconduct 

A detective and a constable have been fired after they were caught exchanging ‘repulsive’ racist messages.

Detective Con Danielle Kirby and PC James Mills, who were both North Yorkshire Police officers, sent the ‘repulsive’ messages to one another on WhatsApp in 2018 and 2019.

The messages were exposed when Ms Kirby handed her phone over to her bosses to be examined as part of a separate enquiry.

Both officers were suspended by North Yorkshire Police and have since been sacked for gross misconduct.

Announcing the verdict, Deputy Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: ‘The racist language and sentiments contained in the series of WhatsApp messages are repulsive.

Detective Con Danielle Kirby and PC James Mills have been sacked from North Yorkshire Police (pictured) for exchanging vile racist messages

‘It has no place in society, let alone from people who have sworn an oath to uphold the highest standards of fairness, integrity and respect to all people.

‘The evidence in this case was damning, and it is only right that the panel upheld the gross misconduct and the officers have been dismissed from North Yorkshire Police.

‘While I fully acknowledge the damage such cases have on public confidence in the police service both here in North Yorkshire and across the country, I want to make it clear that the police are overwhelmingly a force for good.

‘Where behaviour of this nature is uncovered, we will take robust action.’

Gerry Sydenham, who chaired the hearing, added: ‘The messages exchanged by former PC Mills and former DC Kirby contained appalling racist comments which were egregious in nature and content.

‘The corrosive effect of such racist gross misconduct upon public confidence in policing cannot be understated.

‘It is intolerable and devastating to the good work of other police officers who try daily to build the public’s trust and confidence in policing.

‘Both officers undermined the public’s trust and the trust of their police force in themselves in a grave and shocking manner, causing very significant and potentially lasting damage to public confidence in policing.’

The ‘repulsive’ messages sent between the two North Yorkshire Police officers were sent on WhatsApp in 2018 and 2019

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