Policeman demoted

A POLICE sergeant was demoted following a number of incidents which took place in the bar of a Suffolk police station, it has emerged.

Anthony Bond

A POLICE sergeant was demoted following a number of incidents which took place in the bar of a Suffolk police station, it has emerged.

Suffolk Constabulary has released more details about the incidents which are believed to have taken place both inside and outside Ipswich police station bar on Friday November 23 2007.

The force has previously refused to disclose any information about what happened, apart from to say that five police officers were disciplined.


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But following a Freedom of Information request, more details have emerged.

One of the officers disciplined was a male police sergeant who was given a reduction in rank following a misconduct hearing.

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Another misconduct hearing resulted in a reprimand and fine for a male police constable.

A female police constable and a male police constable were given written warnings and a male police constable was given advice.

Suffolk police said the five officers disciplined breached the conduct code regarding politeness and tolerance and general conduct.

The force refused to disclose details of what happened that night because it says it is currently handling an appeal in relation to the disciplinary action taken.

But it did say that nobody was injured during the incident and no medical professionals or on-duty police officers were required at the scene. It also said the bar and police station were not damaged and the police officers involved have not been barred from attending the police station bar.

A Suffolk police spokesperson said she could not comment. “Because there is an appeal pending, we are unable to comment further.”

Following the incident police chiefs immediately called in the professional standards department which launched an investigation.

An alcohol ban was put in place at the station which was only lifted in April last year.

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