The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police has released this statement following the news that the force was unsuccessful in seeking a judicial review in the Mark Andrews case:
This has been a lengthy legal process, but one which we believe was necessary and right to follow.
I do not believe it would be reasonable or proportionate to seek any further legal appeal.
To that end, I will now enter into discussions with Mark Andrews and his representatives in relation to his integration back into Wiltshire Police as a warranted police officer.
The Police appeals Tribunal accepted that Mark Andrews’ actions were intolerant and discreditable and I felt they were a disgrace - there was no place in Wiltshire Police for this behaviour then nor is there now.
While I believe the Police Discipline Panel’s decision to dismiss Mark Andrews was correct, I accept the legal Authority which states he must be reinstated.
I will always expect my Police Officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of behaviour and the actions the force took against Mark Andrews were right and proper to ensure the professionalism and integrity of the Force was upheld.
But now is the time to move on, look forward and accept the lessons learned.
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