FIVE police officers will face misconduct proceedings due to Wayne Couzens case

FIVE police officers will face misconduct proceedings after watchdog probe into messages about Wayne Couzens case including two ‘who discussed his INTERVIEW on secretive messaging app Signal’


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Five police officers from four police forces including Scotland Yard could be sacked over messages they shared on social media and via an app used by criminals about Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens, the case and sickening jokes about violence against women, it was revealed today.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) say two officers from the Met and one from each of the forces in Sussex, Dorset and Avon and Somerset face misconduct proceedings because of their actions in the aftermath of Sarah’s abduction, rape and murder by a serving policeman.

One of of the officers forwarded on a graphic linked to violence against women, Britain’s police watchdog said.

At the time of Sarah’s murder there were reports of officers sharing a sickening graphic showing a policeman going through six stages from abduction to murder in a pastiche of the Highway Code.

The IOPC also said today that two officers used the hyper-secure Signal messaging app, known to be used by criminals and terrorists, to share details of Couzens interview with detectives months before Couzens pleaded guilty. 

Shortly after Couzens’ arrest claims from a police interview emerged where the killer policeman said he had “no choice” but to and hand her over to an Eastern European gang after he tried to “rip off” one of their call girls. It soon transpired this was a sickening lie.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: ‘In April this year we warned about the unacceptable use of social media by officers based on a number of cases involving the posting of offensive and inappropriate material.

‘We wrote to the National Police Chiefs Council, asking them to remind forces and officers of their obligations under the police Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Behaviour.

‘The allegations involved in these two investigations, if proven, have the capacity to further undermine public confidence in policing. They also once more illustrate the potential consequences for officers and come at a time when policing standards and culture have never been more firmly in the spotlight.’

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