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Award-winning Halesowen cop forced to resign over inappropriate messages
10:06am Thursday 7th February 2013 in News
THE award-winning head of Dudley District Special Constabulary
has resigned over allegations he misused his police force Twitter
account by sending inappropriate personal messages.
James Horton,who used to be based in Halesowen, rose
through the ranks to head a team of more than 60 volunteer special constables, after volunteering his time to West Midlands Police for more than a decade.
He was awarded the prestigious Chief Constable Award for Outstanding Contribution in July last year for his dedication in continuing to volunteer for the force while battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, following his diagnosis in 2011, with police chiefs at the time commending his dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism.
Mr Horton was a meeter and greeter at Asda for several years and before his resignation had spoke of his desire to become head of all specials in the West Midlands.
But Mr Horton, who was also presented with a long service medal in 2009, resigned from the force with immediate effect last month over allegations he misused his work social media account, against force policy, with a West Midlands Police spokesman confirming he was also referred to the Police Professional Standards Department following his conduct.
No further details have been revealed regarding the actual misuse, but he is believed to have made inappropriate personal messages to members of the public and his Twitter account has since been deleted.
The spokesman added: “Any breaches of force policy are taken extremely seriously and will be thoroughly and professionally investigated.”
Special Constable Stuart Pearson has taken over as acting head of the Dudley District Special Constabulary.
Uniformed specials are expected to give up at least 16 hours of their spare time each month to work alongside regular officers but Mr Horton regularly clocked up thousands of hours a year.
Mr Horton was unavailable fo rcomment as the News went to press.