Police officer sacked for racist language following Sunderland hearing

Houghton Police Station.
Houghton Police Station.

A hearing in Sunderland has seen a police officer sacked for using racist language on a night out.

Pc Katie Barratt, of Northumbria Police, was ruled to have used derogatory terms about the staff in a Newcastle takeaway while she was drunkenly waiting for a pizza.

She made the comments to colleagues and was not heard by the staff, but has now been dismissed following a disciplinary hearing.

An investigation was launched after superior officers were informed about what she had said and Pc Barratt was sacked following a misconduct hearing at Houghton police station.

After the case, Detective Superintendent Sav Patsalos, head of Northumbria Police's professional standards department, said: "The language used by Pc Katie Barratt is wholly unacceptable.

"I want to make it absolutely clear that there is no place for this type of language or any other form of racist behaviour within Northumbria Police.

"This was recognised by a colleague who rightly came forward to report the comments, reflecting the culture within the force where people have the confidence to speak up and challenge unacceptable behaviour.

"We expect officers and staff to maintain the highest levels of professionalism at all times and as such they must not compromise or damage our strong relationships with the communities we serve.

"I want to assure the public that we are committed to taking positive action in those instances where individuals fall below the expected standards of behaviour."