A police officer has been accused of misconduct after allegedly paying only 10p for two packets of Jaffa Cakes at a police canteen charity tuck shop.
PC Chris Dwyer is said to have taken the snacks ‘without leaving sufficient funds for them’.
West Yorkshire Police said the officer then ‘provided dishonest accounts when questioned about the matter’.
The Jaffa Cakes were on sale at Halifax police station for 50p a packet to raise money in aid of a charity trip to Uganda.
A force spokesman said a female officer had emptied the charity shop cash tin at around 10pm on January 21 and left a £1 float in change.
Half an hour later, PC Dwyer allegedly took two packets of Jaffa Cakes, priced at 50p each, but did not leave enough money.
A spokesman said: ‘The cash tin was checked and it was found to contain the same denominations of coins in the cash tin but with an extra 2 x 5p coins.
‘It is alleged that PC Dwyer failed to make appropriate payment for the items and provided dishonest accounts when questioned about the matter.
The misconduct hearing in Wakefield began today and is due to last until October 14.
Simon Mallett, representing West Yorkshire Police, told PC Dwyer in cross-examination that he had ‘took advantage’ of the fact he believed nobody was watching to get the Jaffa Cakes for just 10p
The BBC reported that PC Dwyer replied: ‘I disagree with the assumption.’
Potential outcomes if allegations of misconduct are found proved include no further action, verbal or written warnings, demotion and dismissal.
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