Victoria Police sacks four more officers over racist, pornographic emails

October 29th, 2010 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Oct. 29 (ANI): Victorial Police today sacked four officers more over the racist and pornographic e-mail scandal that rocked the force recently.

A further seven members, all ranging between the ranks of senior constable and senior sergeant, have been fined between 500 and 3000 dollars respectively for using the force computer network to circulate inappropriate e-mails, the Herald Sun reports.

The officers sacked today during the latest round of discipline hearings were two sergeants, one leading senior constable and one senior constable.

They are in addition to the sergeant, two leading senior constables and a senior constable who were sacked during the first round of discipline hearings, and a further six low-ranking officers who were previously demoted or fined.

Two other officers resigned rather than face discipline hearings, and Healesville sergeant Tony Vangorp took his life in March after being suspended and told he faced the sack over the circulation of offensive e-mails.

E-mails probed by the Ethical Standards Department’s Operation Barrot contained pornographic, homophobic, racist and violent material, but didn’t include anything illegal, such as child porn.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland described the e-mails as “disturbing, offensive and gross’. (ANI)

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