PICTURED: Police constable, 51, who was FIRED for paying charity stall 10p for two 50p boxes of Jaffa Cakes
- EXCLUSIVE: This is the face of the police officer who was fired over Jaffa Cakes
- PC Chris Dwyer, 51, was fired after he put two 5p coins into the charity stall cash tin to pay for two Jaffa Cake packets, which were worth 50p each
- When a query was raised about underpayment, a disciplinary panel found Dwyer gave dishonest accounts and his conduct had been ‘an abuse of trust’
- The stall at the police station in Halifax, West Yorkshire, was selling sweet treats and soft drinks in January to help pay for a charity trip to Uganda
This is the face of the police constable who was fired for paying a charity stall 10p for two 50p boxes of Jaffa Cakes.
PC Chris Dwyer, 51, put coins in the cash tin and took two Jaffa Cake packets being sold for £1.
When a query was raised about underpayment he was found to have put in just two 5p pieces, a misconduct hearing was told.
The stall at the police station in Halifax, West Yorkshire, was selling sweet treats, crisps, snacks and soft drinks for 50p each in January to pay for a charity trip to Uganda.
Dwyer, pictured, was reported by a colleague who raised concerns about the underpayment
PC Dwyer, who spent nearly 25 years in the navy before joining West Yorkshire police in 2017, said any underpayment was a ‘genuine mistake’
After Dwyer’s visit, a colleague raised concerns about underpayment.
A West Yorkshire Police disciplinary panel found that Dwyer gave dishonest accounts and his evidence was ‘evasive and an attempt to reduce his culpability’.
PC Dwyer, who spent nearly 25 years in the navy before joining West Yorkshire police in 2017, said any underpayment was a ‘genuine mistake’.
But he was given an instant dismissal after a four-day misconduct hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct.
Fired: PC Chris Dwyer was sacked for gross misconduct for underpaying a charity stall for two packets of Jaffa Cakes
Detective Superintendent Mark Long, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: ‘This officer’s actions do not fit with the values of the organisation and he has been dishonest when challenged.
‘It is accepted that the items involved were of a very low value but honesty and integrity is a fundamental quality of being a police employee.
‘An independent legally qualified chair has found that his breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour constituted gross misconduct and he has been dismissed from the Force.’