A court, a police officer in one of Britain’s largest police forces, made offensive, racist and homophobic statements towards Pakistanis in the line of duty.
The disciplinary hearing ruled that Thames Valley BC Police Officer Perry Greenalph, who was based in Newbury and resigned on Tuesday, was guilty of gross misconduct.
He told a colleague, “Pakistan is a filthy, smelly country” and made anti-gay comments about a child.
The panel met at Thames Valley Police Headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, and ruled that his misconduct was serious enough to warrant his dismissal.
But there was no need, because he left the police anyway.
Greenhalf, who did not attend the hearing, denied the serious misconduct but admitted using some language.
He was reported by colleagues after he made comments at their company while on duty.
He said ‘Pakistan is a filthy, smelly country’ when he attended a residential address over an alleged breach of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in October 2020.
The disciplinary panel at Thames Valley Police Headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, held in the photo, and ruled that PC Perry Greenhalf’s misconduct was serious enough to warrant dismissal (file photo)
The disciplinary committee ruled that he made the comments and were “offensive and racist in that they showed bias towards a particular group”.
But they found it was not proven that he commented “The house is going to smell like curry anyway”.
They determined that he made an anti-gay remark about another colleague’s sexuality when discussing a party they were planning.
Last summer, his colleagues said he also made statements about a vulnerable child being sexually exploited, including a “disgusting” remark he made downtown in front of the public.
These homophobic remarks have been substantiated and described as “extremely offensive”.
The Thames Valley is one of Britain’s largest, covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Committee Chairman Chiu Yen Jones said: “Based on our findings, we are satisfied that the former officer by making such offensive, racist and homophobic comments clearly violated relevant standards of professional conduct.
“His behavior undoubtedly had a negative impact on public confidence.”
Attorney George Thomas, the attorney general, told the court that the officer had made abusive remarks before entering the home of an Asian family, saying:
Pakistan was a “smelly and filthy” place and the family home would be so.
His colleague, BBC Michael Rice, told the hearing “I reminded Perry to wear a mask because we want to set an example and follow the rules.
Perry didn’t buy anything specific about Covid and didn’t care about the restrictions.
“The house will smell of curry anyway,” he said. “Pakistan is a filthy, smelly country.”
“The fact that he was making a comment like that so early in our working relationship has caused me some concern.”
BBC Green Half told a colleague, “Pakistan is a filthy, smelly country” and made anti-gay comments about a child (file photo)
Mr Thomas said: “This comment relates to the unpleasant persecution of the Pakistani community in the 1970s and 1980s, and this language enables this historic persecution of this community to continue within some sectors of the British community.
This was not misconduct but gross misconduct.
A core value of modern policing is to reflect the community you serve.
“This is an essential component of the service a police officer provides to the community.”
The court heard that PC Greenhalf used anti-gay slurs to describe a teenage boy, identified only as P, who was well known to police in the area.
Mr. Thomas revealed that P was a victim of pedophilia and often disappeared.
But when discussing the teenager PC Greenhalf made “bigot and sexist comments” to fellow PC Laura Greaves.
‘There is absolutely no need for that,’ she told the hearing. I have met P many times because he is missing and has psychological issues.
PC Greenhalf came on as if he didn’t really want to be a police officer and came across as if he could say and do what he liked and didn’t care.
“Anti-gay language for P is particularly dangerous,” said Mr. Thomas. “B” was a minor who had been identified as being at risk of child sexual exploitation.
The anti-gay language raises very serious concerns about whether Greenhalf can be trusted to take his policing duties regarding P seriously.
“It would seriously undermine public confidence and confidence in the Thames Valley Police’s commitment to protecting LGBT teens from sexual exploitation.”
Another witness, PC Adey-Butt, told the hearing “I’m proud to wear this uniform and it pisses me off because someone else wearing this uniform could say something like that” (file photo)
The court heard that this wasn’t the only anti-gay slander Greenhalf made while on patrol in public.
Another witness, PC Adey-Butt, told the hearing “I am proud to wear this costume and it pisses me off because someone else wearing this costume could say something like that.”
The hearing was told that Greenhalf was also targeting homophobic insults towards his colleagues.
“It is our position that all allegations have been substantiated and, taken together, amount to serious misconduct,” concluded Mr. Thomas.
The court found Green Half guilty of all allegations of homophobic comments he made.
However, they acquitted him of making a racist comment about the smell of curry in the home of a Pakistani family.
The commission found, however, that he described the country as “smelly and filthy” and was convicted of gross misconduct.