A leading officer has apologised for the behaviour of an officer who was sacked this week for divulging messages about Amber Peat.
PC Samantha Goodwin was fired following a hearing in which she admitted five allegations of misconduct.
They included using racist language and taking a photo of a vulnerable victim and sharing it with a colleague.
She had also sent text messages about Amber Peat when the 13-year-old’s body had been found in hedges off Westfield Lane, spreading information before it had been made public.
Chief COnstabe Chris Eyre said after dismissing the officer: “A serving police officer is never off-duty as far as their personal and professional conduct is concerned.
“The officer believed that communications on her private phone or made off duty were not subject to the standards of professional behaviour affecting police officers.
“Parliament has made it unequivocally clear that police officers are subject to the those standards at all times.
“The police service expects nothing less than the highest standards of behaviour, and the public deserves and should expect the utmost respect from officers and police staff at all times.”