A REAL life Line Of Duty detective faces the sack for alleged racism after using the phrase “whiter than white”.
The anti-corruption officer made the comment while briefing his colleagues.
He meant he wanted their actions to be above reproach while conducting inquiries. But the Metropolitan Police later received a complaint.
Scotland Yard chiefs have referred the matter for the police watchdog to investigate.
The detective superintendent, who denies any wrongdoing, faces a possible disciplinary hearing for gross misconduct which could lead to him being sacked.
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“There was no bad intent in this comment”
Insider of Met Police
He has been placed on restricted duties while the Independent Office for Police Conduct investigates.
One insider said: “There was no bad intent in this comment.
“It may have been a poor use of language but this is not what the misconduct process is for.”
Another officer said: “It is political correctness gone stark raving bonkers. There is widespread anger about this across the board.”
The officer is attached to the Met’s anti-corruption unit – the Directorate of Professional Standards – which is portrayed in BBC drama Line Of Duty.
The phrase “whiter than white” has been part of the English language for 500 years since William Shakespeare came up with it in 1593 to describe the sheets on a lover’s bed.
It was adopted as an advertising slogan by soap powder giants Persil, who claimed the detergent made whites “whiter than white”.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary the term means “never doing anything wrong”.
A Met spokesman declined to comment.
The IOPC said: “A notice of investigation has been served on an officer informing them we are investigating the alleged use of language deliberately intended to offend and that had racist undertones.
“It in no way indicates that misconduct proceedings will take place.”
The Met revealed this week it is struggling to recruit enough detectives to combat a wave of violent crime in London.