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South Yorkshire Police officer pulls a sickie, flies to Greece then tells boss they’re at a funeral


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A South Yorkshire Police officer is accused of calling in sick when they were actually sunning himself in Greece on holiday.

The officer, who has not been named will now face a misconduct over the alleged fake sick days, including another occassion when he said he was at a funeral.

On August 21, 2020, the officer is accused of sending an email to a member of South Yorkshire Police staff informing them of a morning appointment.

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This appointment, which the officer had said would take place on August 25, 2020, was “untrue and which they knew to be untrue”, South Yorkshire Police have said.

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It is also alleged that, on or around August 22, 2020, that same officer – while off sick from work – went on holiday to Greece and did not notify a supervisor of their whereabouts.

The officer is then alleged to have told a member of their occupational health unit that they were “at a funeral in Belgium”, when they were actually on holiday in Greece.

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The officer, who is said to have “a number of health problems”, is accused of gross misconduct and will face a misconduct hearing on Tuesday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “On 21 August 2020, an officer sent an email to a member of staff at South Yorkshire Police, in which the officer stated that they had an appointment on the morning of the 25 th August 2020, which was untrue and which they knew to be untrue.

“On or around the 22 August 2020, whilst off sick from work, the officer travelled to Greece without notifying a supervisor and/or seeking authorisation or leave.

“On 25 August 2020, while off sick from work and on holiday in Greece, during a phone call with the Occupational Health Unit, an officer informed the Occupational Health Unit that they were at a funeral in Belgium, which was untrue and which they knew to be untrue.

“The above conduct breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities and individually or cumulatively amounts to gross misconduct.”

The hearing will be heard privately and the officer is not due to be named.

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