21 November 2019 22:36
Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A Crawley police sergeant dangled pepperoni pizza over a Jewish colleague's food despite knowing that he kept a kosher diet. Gary Jacobs, who is based at the town's station, has been given a final written warning after a misconduct hearing found he had breached standards of professional behaviour in respect of equality and diversity. The incident resulted a piece of food to fall onto his colleague's kosher meal. The 43-year-old appeared for the hearing at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes on Tuesday (November 19). In a statement, Detective Superintendent Steve Boniface said that Sergeant Jacobs' behaviour was "woefully short" of standards expected at the force.
DI Boniface, head of the professional standards department, added: "We work very hard to ensure that anyone who works for Sussex Police or who we deal with on a daily basis is treated with respect, understanding and consideration for their feelings and beliefs. "Sergeant Jacobs's behaviour fell woefully short of the personal and professional standards that we expect of anyone who works for us and should not allow the name of Sussex Police to be tainted, nor bring into disrepute the enormous amount of good work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff." The hearing panel found the allegation proven.