A Berkshire-based special constable who sent derogatory messages to a member of the public has been sacked by Thames Valley Police.
Scott Taylor-Dawley was found to have breached the police’s standards of professional behaviour following a two-day misconduct hearing last week.
Mr Taylor-Dawley had denied being responsible for sending the messages, but it was found during the hearing that the accounts he gave during his interviews were dishonest.
He was also found to have wrongfully disclosed confidential information to a member of the public.
Both allegations were found to equate to gross misconduct, and Mr Taylor-Dawley was dismissed from the force with immediate effect.
Deputy chief constable John Campbell said: “Although Taylor-Dawley was a special constable and therefore a volunteer with the force, he still had the powers of a regular police officer and was held to the same high standards that we expect.
“His conduct fell far below the standards we expect and as a result, it would be unacceptable for him to represent the force in any capacity.”