One officer, who asked not to be named, said: 'There’s no question in my mind - he should have lost his job. Racism, in any form, should not be tolerated.
'The fact that he kept his job sends completely the wrong message to other officers and members of the public.
'To have kept his job and now been taken on as a full-time serving Pc is a joke and sad reflection on just how seriously the force views racism and racist attitudes.'
Another, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: 'At the time he was given the warning, nobody could believe it. It was 100 per cent expected that he would lose his job.
'Now we’ve read in the paper about people making silly mistakes and losing their jobs for things that are nothing like as serious.
'There are PCSOs and Specials (constables) in Avon and Somerset who have a clean disciplinary record and have applied for regular jobs and this ‘gentleman’, for want of a better word, got in.
'Why are we recruiting people who have been found guilty of racist behaviour?'My, my. Stalin would be proud...