PCSO sacked over Facebook messages
A police force defended its disciplinary policies after a community support officer claimed he was unfairly dismissed for making "inappropriate" comments on Facebook.
Warwickshire Police said it was unable to comment on the case of ex-PCSO Carl Boulter, who has accused his former employer of overreacting to "private" postings on his Facebook page.
The Coventry Telegraph reported that the 47-year-old father of two, who worked in north Warwickshire, was sacked for posting comments including "I wish I could find another job" and "get me out of this ****hole".
Mr Boulter, who also bemoaned the need to wear a stab-proof vest while patrolling in the countryside, told the newspaper: "I admit the comments were unhelpful to my role, but they have hurt no one and there has been no genuine complaint from members of the public about what I posted.
"I feel as though I am not allowed to have an opinion and freedom of speech does not exist within the force."
In a statement, Warwickshire Police said it was not able to disclose information on any individual disciplinary matter.
The statement added: "Our disciplinary policy and procedure provides a framework for dealing with matters of discipline consistently and fairly to set acceptable standards of conduct by our workforce.
"The procedure is an essential means of ensuring we maintain high standards of discipline in order to provide a safe and efficient organisation."