A police officer in Manchester who had posted hateful anti-gay messages online was dismissed, and also by means of social media. Ian Hopkins, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, tweeted: “This afternoon I have dismissed without notice a Special Constable from Greater Manchester Police for making a homophobic comment on a disgusting homophobic post on Facebook. Totally unacceptable behaviour & no place in policing for this.” Furthermore he added that the Facebook post and the picture to it themselves were disgusting and offensive, and the officer’s comments were even more humiliating with their homophobia. “His actions were completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate this behaviour. A full investigation was carried out and following a special case hearing, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police deemed his behaviour to be gross misconduct and he was dismissed,” the official went on. The force is one of the most progressive in the country on LGBT issues – clamping down on homophobic hate incidents, and launching a pioneering scheme to tackle LGBT domestic violence.