Senior police officer received management advice after being cleared of racially abusing a taxi driver

A SENIOR police officer has received management advice following an allegation he was racist to a taxi driver.

7 APRIL 2016 | BY Gareth Davies FOR THE ARGUS



East Sussex Divisional Commander Neil Honnor, who was subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission's independent investigation, received management advice following a misconduct meeting on March 30.

The meeting was in relation to allegations of discreditable conduct whilst he was off duty and was chaired by a chief officer from another force.

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Senior police officer received management advice after being cleared of racially abusing a taxi driver.

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.

“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.

“In finding the allegation to be proven and issuing management advice, the chair stated, as found 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.”

Chief superintendent Honnor role will be considered when a number of senior officer changes take place in the next few weeks.

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