Sacked police trainer not discriminated against for psychic beliefs

A police employee who alleged he was sacked for believing psychics could solve crimes was not discriminated against, a tribunal has found.

Alan Power, a police law trainer, accused Greater Manchester Police of sacking him in 2008 because of his spiritual beliefs.

Power won an initial ruling, which stated his views should be seen as a faith, but a tribunal has now found the police force did not dismiss him unfairly.

The tribunal heard that Power had taken on the role of an arrested shoplifter during a training exercise at Bruche police training college in 2004, but became visibly aroused during the frisking process.

A sergeant at Merseyside Police who was present at the training session vowed never to use Power again and Cheshire Constabulary made a similar decision based on his “inappropriate behaviour”, the BBC reported.

The information only came to light in October 2008 after Power, who denied the allegations, secured a job as a specialist trainer and a co-ordinator with Greater Manchester Police.

Power was sacked three weeks later, with the force citing his “current work in the psychic field” as a reason.

The assistant chief officer at Greater Manchester Police, Julia Rogers, said: “This matter has never been about Mr Power’s beliefs and we vehemently deny any claim he was discriminated against on those or any other grounds.

“Greater Manchester Police welcomes all races and religions and employs and actively recruits people with diverse beliefs and from many different ethnic backgrounds.”

Earlier this month a judge found an employee’s environmental views should be classed as a belief and therefore protected under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.

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