Senior police officer was ‘argumentative and challenging’ in Eastbourne taxi

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A senior police officer was argumentative and challenging in a taxi in Eastbourne, a misconduct hearing has found.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor has received management advice following the hearing last week.

He has also been told his role will be considered when a number of senior officer changes take place in the next few weeks.

Mr Honnor was subject to an Independent Police Complaints Commission’s independent investigation and the misconduct meeting was in relation to allegations of discreditable conduct while he was off duty.

The meeting was chaired by a chief officer from another force.

Temporary deputy Chief Constable Robin Smith said, “Sussex Police referred the matter for independent oversight by the IPCC from the outset and they found no evidence of any racist or criminal behaviour in the way the off-duty officer acted when seeking a taxi in Eastbourne on September 5 last year.

“His suspension was lifted on February 17 and during a misconduct meeting the officer answered the allegation that, while on an evening out he engaged in argumentative and challenging behaviour having identified himself as a police officer.

“On finding the allegation to be proven and issuing management advice, the chair stated, as emphasised by the IPCC, that there was no suggestion of racism.

“We have taken this report seriously, seeking independent views, and feel the sanction is appropriate.

“The senior officer’s role will be considered when a number of senior officer changes take place in the next few weeks.”

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