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Police officer sacked for avoiding self-isolation

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The Thames Valley Police officer has been barred from getting another job in policing (Picture: Getty Images)

A police officer has been fired after trying to avoid self-isolating.

PC Denim Wade lied to colleagues about his contact with a suspect who later tested positive for coronavirus, a disciplinary hearing was told.

The Thames Valley Police (TVP) officer, based at Reading station in Berkshire, altered an email after being involved in the arrest of a shoplifting suspect, the tribunal heard.

Wade was said to have been ‘desperate’ to avoid a second period of quarantine in quick succession.

But the officer has now been dismissed from TVP without notice and put on the police ‘barred’ list – which will stop from him getting another job in the industry.

The hearing was told how he helped detain the suspected shoplifter in Reading on November 25, transported him in a police car and then conducted a body search, the BBC reported.

The suspect later tested positive while in Bullingdon Prison, Oxfordshire.


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But Wade ‘played down the extent of close contact’, the hearing heard, claiming that he only ‘pinned the suspect for a split second’.

The panel heard this was ‘far from accurate’ when compared to evidence recorded on his body-worn camera.

His supervising officer recalled a phone conversation in which Wade ‘appeared desperate’ to avoid self-isolation because of pressures at home.

He told the hearing that Wade had previously gone into quarantine in October when a colleague tested positive and he ‘didn’t object’ to doing so at the time.

Wade told the panel that he fully understood the risks of Covid, had ‘no issue with self-isolating’, and ‘followed the instructions he was given’, according to the BBC.

He also denied acting dishonestly.

Wade joined the force full time in 2018 having previously been a Special Constable.

TVP Federation chairman Craig O’Leary said: ‘It’s important that we maintain these standards in order to protect the health and wellbeing of colleagues in the workplace and the public we serve.’

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