Surrey Police win probationary period dismissal case

Croydon Employment Tribunal has rejected a claim that Surrey Police discriminated against an officer who was dismissed during her probationary period.

Alison Wheeler was dismissed in December 2007 having been found incompetent, but she claimed that she had been discriminated against due to her age and gender.

A series of internal reviews were carried out, and despite these finding that she had been fairly dismissed, Wheeler persisted with her claim, according to the Surrey Herald.

Speaking about the verdict, assistant chief constable Ian Dyson said: “The decision to dismiss her [Wheeler] was made on sound evidence and this scurrilous claim at Employment Tribunal has cost the force considerably in terms of time and resources. However, we make no apologies for dismissing someone who was not suitable to be a police officer.”

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