Shoreham air tragedy police officers who took vidoes of themselves at crash site quit force following investigation

Floral tributes are left on a bridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex
Floral tributes are left on a bridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex
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TWO police officers who took selfie videos at the site of the fatal Shoreham air crash have resigned from the force.

The 23 and 24-year-old were both probationary officers at Sussex Police when they took videos of themselves at the crash site where 11 people died when a vintage jet crashed onto the A27.

Following an internal investigations the Chief Constable Giles York received a recommendation to dismiss the officers but they offered their resignation instead.

Ch Con York said: ‘We, along with the public, expect the highest standards of professional behaviour. An investigation has taken place and I am reassured that Sussex Police has responded promptly and fairly.

‘The men, who have less than two years’ service, are clearly remorseful and have acknowledged the impact of what they had done. But when it really mattered the officers failed to show understanding and compassion for the victims and their families. I am confident that they would not go on to become well-conducted officers.

‘The police service has a national code of ethics that we expect officers and staff to abide by - including showing respect and courtesy. Officers and staff can be forgiven for making genuine mistakes, but the behaviour of these two officers was inexplicable and caused unnecessary distress to the families of those involved, for which we sincerely apologise.’