Detective and police officer who exchanged ‘racist, discriminatory and offensive’ messages are fired for misconduct
- Det Con Danielle Kirby and PC James Mills were with North Yorkshire Police
- The messages, which were sent in 2018 and 2019, were described as ‘repulsive’
- Both officers were suspended and have now been fired for gross misconduct.
A detective and an officer have been fired after they were caught exchanging vile racist messages.
Detective Con Danielle Kirby and PC James Mills, both North Yorkshire Police officers, sent “icky” messages to each other on WhatsApp in 2018 and 2019.
The messages were exposed when Ms Kirby turned her phone over to her bosses for examination as part of a separate investigation.
Both officers were suspended by North Yorkshire Police and have since been fired for gross misconduct.
Announcing the verdict, Deputy Police Chief Mabs Hussain said: “The racist language and sentiments contained in the series of WhatsApp messages are repulsive.
Detective Con Danielle Kirby and PC James Mills have been fired from North Yorkshire Police (pictured) for exchanging vile racist messages
“He has no place in society, let alone among people who are sworn to uphold the highest standards of fairness, integrity and respect for all people.
“The evidence in this case was damning, and it is right that the panel upheld gross misconduct and that the officers have been dismissed from North Yorkshire Police.
“While I fully recognize the damage these cases have on public confidence in the police service both here in North Yorkshire and across the country, I want to make it clear that the police are overwhelmingly a force for good.
“When behavior of this nature is discovered, we will take strong action.”
Gerry Sydenham, who chaired the hearing, added: “The messages exchanged by former PC Mills and former DC Kirby contained appalling racist comments that were atrocious in nature and content.
“The corrosive effect of such serious racist misconduct on the public’s trust in the police cannot be underestimated.
“It is intolerable and devastating to the good work of other police officers who try daily to earn the public’s trust in policing.
“Both officers undermined the public’s confidence and the confidence of their police force in themselves in a serious and shocking way, causing very significant and potentially lasting damage to the public’s confidence in the police.”
The ‘repulsive’ messages between the two North Yorkshire police officers were sent on WhatsApp in 2018 and 2019