Police Chief Inspector sacked over ‘Drunken Conduct’ on Flight

A Dudley police chief inspector has been dismissed after he was found guilty of “drunken conduct” on a flight.

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"he has brought discredit on the police service."

A police chief inspector has been sacked after a misconduct hearing found he was guilty of “drunken conduct” on a plane.

The West Midlands Police panel said Balraj Sohal’s behaviour in June 2022 “was deemed so unacceptable he was ejected from a flight”.

Deputy Chief Constable Scott Green said:

“His actions were totally inappropriate and he has brought discredit on the police service.”

It was reported that Mr Sohal had been a police officer since 2006 and was a member of the National Sikh Police Association.

He had encouraged other people from Asian backgrounds to join the police and told the Joining the Police external website that his role gave him “a sense of pride and accomplishment”.

Known as “Billy”, he had also focused on reducing knife crime and serious violence involving young people and was based in the Dudley division.

West Midlands Police announced on June 12, 2024, that he had been dismissed after a hearing which began on June 7.

Mr Sohal had been part of a bike appeal in July 2023, requesting people from across Dudley to donate any unwanted bikes.

Police built up a collection of used and unclaimed bikes at the station, and rather than get rid of them, fixed them up to give away to people who could get good use out of them.

The fire service hosted drop-off points at their stations for the bikes, which were then shipped off to the repair and maintenance experts within Dudley Council’s road safety team to refurbish and make roadworthy.

Police worked with West Midlands Fire Service, Dudley Council, local businesses, charities and voluntary bodies to identify those who would benefit the most from the bike giveaway.

In March 2024, Mr Sohal said about the appeal:

“We were delighted to host this event to show our appreciation to our partners within the council, the fire service, and across the business and charity sector for their heroic efforts.

“I’d also like to say a heartfelt thanks to the people of Dudley who generously donated bikes to boost our appeal.

“This was a wonderful community-focused project and I know the individuals and groups who received the bikes were immensely grateful.”

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