AN ESSEX Police officer has been sacked and another has been given a final written warning after both were found guilty of ’gross misconduct’ over their unruly behaviour on a night out in Norwich.
PC Jason Munns was dismissed without notice and PC Luke Salmon was given a final warning.
An Essex Police spokesman said: "Both officers were argumentative and rude to hotel staff when asked to reduce noise levels in the early hours of the morning.
"The police were subsequently called and both officers disputed their use of powers."
Chief Superintendent Rachel Nolan said: "The conduct of both officers fell well below the standard expected by the public and the force.
"The officers did not comply with warnings from hotel staff and then, on police attendance, were argumentative and belligerent, disputing points of law.
"Both identified themselves as Essex Police officers during the incident, which lasted more than an hour on a Friday night.
"Whilst both officers have apologised, the public rightly expects police officers to display high standards of behaviour whether on or off duty.
"The conduct of PC Munns and PC Salmon has damaged the reputation of Essex Police and undermined the hard work undertaken by colleagues every day.
"We would like to thank our colleagues at Norfolk Police for attending this incident. The public can be assured that Essex Police will take significant and robust action against those who breach the standards of professional behaviour in this way."