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Met condemns a serving officer and a former officer for sending grossly offensive messages 

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Met condemns a serving officer and a former officer for sending grossly offensive messages 

A serving Met officer and a former Met officer have today (Wednesday, 21 September) been found guilty of communication offences.

Commander Jon Savell, from Professionalism, said: “The behaviour of these officers is despicable and I condemn them for sending such grossly offensive and repulsive messages. It is staggering that they regard this language as defensible.

“We expect our officers to have the highest standards of conduct. We are determined to rid this organisation of those who corrupt its integrity, and are increasing our efforts to do that more quickly. As a result, we may well see more cases emerging, as we leave no stone unturned in tackling offensive behaviour.

“I am deeply sorry these officers have let down the public, and their Met colleagues.”

PC Jonathon Cobban, 35, attached to the West Area Command Unit, was found guilty of three counts of sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network contrary to S127 of the Communications Act 2003.

Former PC Joel Borders, 45, previously attached to West Area Command Unit, was found guilty of five counts of sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network contrary to S127 of the Communications Act 2003.

They had been charged with sending the messages in 2019 following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Now that criminal proceedings have concluded, the MPS will progress internal misconduct proceedings without delay.

Following discussions with the IOPC and Crown Prosecution Service, misconduct hearings were not heard before criminal proceedings had concluded in order to preserve the integrity of the criminal case.

As Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has outlined, work is ongoing to improve standards, and build trust and confidence in the Met once more. As part of this, there are plans to recruit more than 100 officers to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

We engaged with the IOPC throughout their investigation and thank them and the Crown Prosecution Service for their parts in bringing these officers to justice.

Cobban was found not guilty of two counts of sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network contrary to S127 of the Communications Act 2003.

Cobban and Borders will be sentenced on Wednesday, 2 November at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

PC William Neville, 34, attached to the South West Command Unit, was found not guilty of two counts of sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network contrary to S127 of the Communications Act 2003.

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