Two police officers have been disciplined after posting TikTok videos of themselves pretending to phone in sick with coronavirus.
PCs Amy Taylor and April Cooper have kept their jobs at Cambridgeshire Constabulary despite being found guilty of gross misconduct after uploading a series of clips in which they are seen in uniform using "offensive language".
The videos came to the attention of senior officers in April after they were reported by a member of the public who had been a victim of a crime and described the clips as "unprofessional".
A number of the videos showed the PCs "clearly in uniform" while running up and down the steps of a police station, wearing a fire marshal's tabard and sitting in marked police cars.
One of the main clips saw PC Cooper shouting the word "coronavirus" down the phone with a sentence on the screen reading: "When calling in sick at work and they ask what's up."
In a report following a misconduct hearing, the Cambridgeshire chief constable, Nick Dean, said: "This clip was made in the height of a pandemic which is still ongoing, yet you appear to be insensitive to the many thousands who have suffered."
The force noted that the pair's TikTok clips had been viewed "extensively" and that the language used in them by the officers was "wholly offensive".
The two PCs argued that they had made the videos to "boost the morale" of fellow officers, but Mr Dean noted: "Some of the clips presented cannot in any way be seen to do this."
In his conclusion, the chief constable said he was aware that many other police officers and emergency workers were posting light-hearted videos on social media sites such as TikTok during the pandemic.
But he said he had "no doubt" that the TikTok escapades of the two PCs had "damaged the reputation of this Constabulary" and was issuing them with a final written warning.