Constable Graham Cogman, 49, of the Norfolk Constabulary, is looking for a new job this week – preferably one that doesn’t involve contact with anyone gay.
Cogman, you see, is one of those – a frothing fundie who believes that homosexuality is “sinful”.
The potty pc first came to our attention in July when he was threatening to take his employers to an industrial tribunal for failing to accommodate his bigotry. At the time he wailed:
The blatant support for homosexual rights in Norfolk Police makes being a Christian officer extremely difficult.
Cogman’s clashes with his employers date back to 2005 when a gay colleague sent emails round to staff encouraging them to support Gay History Month by wearing a pink ribbon.
In response the constable circulated emails quoting the Bible, suggesting homosexual sex was “sinful”.
As a result of his behaviour, a disciplinary tribunal fined him 13 days’ pay and barred him from using the internal messaging system.
Despite the ban, PC Cogman posted a link to some ghastly American Christian “helpline”. When he was quizzed by his bosses about his action, he said he had done it to help people “struggling with their sexuality”.
Cogman, according to this report, was then brought before a disciplinary hearing, held yesterday.
He was found guilty of failing to comply with a lawful order over the use of police computers, and failing to treat a colleague with politeness and tolerance.
The hearing followed an investigation led by the force’s professional standards department and supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Learmonth said:
This officer’s behaviour fell well below what we expect of our people. The outcome follows a thorough investigation with evidence presented to a misconduct panel of three, two of whom were independent of the constabulary.
Stand by for a press release from Christian Voice.
UPDATE – Nov 27: Well, the Christian Institute has managed to get its voice heard ahead of Stephen “Birdshit” Green. Its director, Colin Hart told the Daily Mail today:
It is very difficult for serving police officers to square their religious conscience with a lot of the propaganda that is put about. Very often their own religious beliefs are not respected and gay rights trump religious rights.
The Mail reports that Cogman is considering an appeal against his sacking, and will proceed with his plans to take Norfolk police to an industrial tribunal.