Sussex Police has announced that it will hold a disciplinary hearing for a Sergeant who taunted a Jewish officer with pepperoni pizza.
Sergeant Gary Jacobs, who is based in Crawley in West Sussex, will appear at a hearing at force headquarters in Lewes on Tuesday morning to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the force’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of equality and diversity.
The notice of the disciplinary hearing states that: “On 8th March 2019, knowing that another officer is Jewish, PS CJ062 Gary Jacobs deliberately dangled a pizza containing pepperoni over that officer’s food. A piece of pepperoni subsequently fell onto that officer’s food meaning they could not eat it [due to Jewish dietary practices prohibiting the consumption of meat from pigs].”
Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Sussex Police for taking this incident of childish bullying by a police officer seriously. We are following the case with interest.
The hearing begins at 10:00 on Tuesday and is expected to last for two days. Members of the public can register to attend until 14:00 on Monday.