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Former Police Officer Faces Consequences for Racist Remarks

Former PC Thomas Murray, who served with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command (PaDP), has been found to have breached professional behaviour standards. His racially discriminatory remarks, captured in a voice note, were played during a meeting, leading to his resignation from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

On September 8, 2022, PC Murray sent a voice message containing offensive comments to a colleague. The recipient was attending a positive action seminar on Microsoft Teams, which aimed to provide advice and support for under-represented groups seeking internal promotion.

Former Police Officer Faces Consequences For Racist Remarks

Unfortunately for PC Murray, his microphone was unmuted when he played the message, making it audible to everyone in the meeting. An independent panel, chaired by an impartial leader, determined that had he still been serving, PC Murray would have faced dismissal.

Commander Simon Messinger, head of PaDP, emphasised the Met’s commitment to high standards and zero tolerance for discriminatory views. He stated, “There is no place in the Met for people who hold such attitudes. We will continue to identify those who do not adhere to our values and work to dismiss them from the organization.”

PC Murray resigned from the MPS in October 2023. Additionally, he will be added to the Barred List maintained by the College of Policing. Individuals on this list are ineligible for employment by police forces, local policing bodies, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, or His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

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