An investigation into the alleged use of inappropriate and prejudiced language by Hampshire Constabulary officers and staff is being carried out, it has been confirmed.
5 people have been suspended and 11 put on restrictive duties as part of the year-old investigation, which has seen a total of 16 officers and 3 Police staff put under the spotlight.
According to the MailOnline, secret cameras and microphones were installed at a police station on the mainland which allegedly captured staff making racist and homophobic comments.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“Hampshire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged use of inappropriate and prejudiced language and behaviours by 16 police officers and three members of police staff following an internal report by a force employee.
“This investigation began in February last year (2018) and the allegations involve a specialist team within the force.
“Five people have been suspended. Of the 14 officers and staff who are not suspended, 11 people have been placed on directed duties while the exact circumstances are established.
“Hampshire Constabulary takes any allegations of this nature very seriously and has been taking independent advice from the outset. We are in the process of conducting a rigorous investigation which is being supervised by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”