It must have been one hell of a text message that got Chief InspectorÃ‚Â Mark Ling suspended on full pay this week.
TheÃ‚Â ChiefÃ‚Â Inspector works for Sussex Police who are now investigating the officer while heÃ‚Â sitsÃ‚Â on his arse at home drawing a Ã‚Â£54,000 salary. That’s Ã‚Â£147.94 of tax payers’ cash for every day he remains under investigation – and we all know how many weeks, months & years it takes to deal with a discipline matter in this country.
Sussex aren’t releasing much information, except what you would normally expect when a PC is in the sticky stuff. They said:Ã‚Â ”This was not a decision taken lightly, but the nature of the allegation – the sending of an offensive text message – was such that it was felt that the force needed to take immediate action pending an investigation.Ã‚Â It should be stressed that the allegations are yet to be fully investigated and the suspension reflects only the force’s view of the seriousness of an allegation of this nature.”
I’m not a supporter of senior officers who drop a bollock but one really has to wonder whether the residents of Sussex are best served by suspending soemone over an alleged text message. I can’t wait to find out what the message was.
In about a year’s time.