A Bolton police officer has been dismissed after lying about being sick to go on a family holiday.

PC Theadora Parfrey joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on May 9, 2022, and worked in the borough.

Parfrey was aware she could not take leave between May 18 and July 22 of that year, as she was undergoing her initial training.

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However, she reported sick on July 22, claiming to be at home when she was at Manchester Airport.

Parfrey had earlier admitted that her actions amounted to gross misconduct.

GMP Chief Constable Stephen Watson said that her behaviour was “clearly unacceptable” for a police officer.

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He said: “In respect of harm, I refer principally to the impact of her misconduct on her colleagues, supervision, and towards the good order and discipline of the force.

“I reiterate that the point of the core purpose of these proceedings is to sustain public confidence in the police.

“There can be no doubt that the facts in this case have grave potential to diminish public confidence in the police.”

Parfrey was dismissed and was also added to the College of Policing Barred List.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Allen, head of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “Dishonestly reporting sick represents a serious lack of integrity and such deceit is wholly incompatible with the very highest standards of professional behaviour required of police officers.

“Parfrey knew full well that annual leave would not be authorised and made the conscious decision to try and cheat the system, thus failing the public and her colleagues.

“Her actions were fatal to employment in policing, which meant that her career was over almost as soon as it started.”

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