Former Wiltshire Police officer Detective Sergeant Glenn Atkinson found guilty of gross misconduct

Former Wiltshire Police officer Detective Sergeant Glenn Atkinson found guilty of gross misconduct

We will eradicate ‘canteen culture’, says PCC

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson added that the officer’s behaviour was completely ‘inexcusable’.

He also commended the bravery of those who reported the incidents, adding that it is the responsibility of every single officer in the force to challenge this kind of behaviour.

In a statement, he said: “There is no place within Wiltshire Police for those who do not uphold the high standards we rightly hold our police force to.

“Wiltshire’s public deserve to have trust in their policing service and every incident of this nature erodes that trust and confidence.

“Former Detective Sergeant Glenn Atkinson abused his position of trust, inflicting his completely unacceptable, and inexcusable, behaviour on his female colleagues — there is simply no excuse which can ‘explain away’ this abhorrent behaviour.

“I commend those reporting this for their bravery and courage.”

He added that he is working to eradicate any traces of “canteen culture” within the force: “I continue to work with the Chief Constable to eradicate any trace of canteen culture within Wiltshire Police and ensure those in leadership roles have the suitable training to challenge those who both partake and enable it.

“Those who carry out this behaviour are the problem but those who allow it to go unchallenged are also a huge part.

“Each officer, member of staff or volunteer has a responsibility to educate themselves, spot these behaviours, challenge them and report it.

“The time for change is now.”

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