Merseyside Police Officer Faces Misconduct Allegations

PC Daniel Johnson, a Merseyside Police firearms officer, faces misconduct allegations for drinking on duty, stealing police equipment, and sending homophobic and racist messages. A disciplinary hearing is ongoing to determine if Johnson breached professional behavior standards.

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Merseyside Police Officer Faces Misconduct Allegations

Merseyside Police Officer Faces Misconduct Allegations

PC Daniel Johnson, a 43-year-old firearms officer with Merseyside Police, is facing serious allegations of misconduct at a disciplinary hearing being held at the force's headquarters. The accusations against PC Johnson include drinking alcohol while on duty, stealing police equipment, and sending homophobic and racist messages to fellow officers.

Why this matters: This case raises concerns about the integrity and accountability of law enforcement officials, potentially eroding public trust in the police force. If left unchecked, such behavior can lead to a toxic work environment and compromise the safety of the community.

On April 30, 2021, PC Johnson allegedly consumed wine at The Jug and Bottle pub in Heswall during his scheduled 8am-4pm shift as an on-call firearms officer. CCTV footage presented at the hearing shows the officer leaving the pub at 1:20 pm and returning with friends at 3:25 pm, where he continued to drink alcohol. Barrister Barney Branston, representing Merseyside Police, stated, "This officer was a firearms officer. He was on duty that day. Had he been called that day, he would have been severely compromised. He nevertheless chose to drink on duty as if it was a day of annual leave. This officer's decision to drink alcohol at all while on duty shows a startling lack of diligence in his duties."

In addition to the drinking allegations, PC Johnson is accused of stealing two battering rams from Smithdown Lane station on August 4, 2021, claiming they would be useful for weighing down his parasol at home. The following day, he allegedly stole a saw blade from a police storage room. Branston commented on the theft, saying, "The officer took an opportunistic gamble when he saw the saw the enforcers and simply took them without bothering to confirm whether or not he was allowed to do so. He knew full well he shouldn't have done so, and therefore his was dishonest."

The misconduct hearing also heard allegations of PC Johnson sending inappropriate messages to colleagues. On March 12, 2019, he allegedly sent a text message describing two senior colleagues as "two p***s together," which he claimed was a common term he used to describe anyone he thought was weak. Furthermore, on May 2, 2019, PC Johnson allegedly sent a WhatsApp message containing a picture of a woman in traditional Islamic clothing on a fairground ride, accompanied by the words "detonator bombs away."

The disciplinary hearing, which is ongoing, will determine whether PC Johnson breached the standards of professional behavior in relation to honesty and integrity, equality and diversity, orders and instructions, duties and responsibilities, and general conduct. The allegations against the firearms officer paint a troubling picture of misconduct within the police force, raising concerns about the behavior and judgment of those entrusted with upholding the law.

Key Takeaways

  • PC Daniel Johnson, a Merseyside Police firearms officer, faces misconduct allegations.
  • Allegations include drinking on duty, stealing police equipment, and sending homophobic/racist messages.
  • Incidents include drinking wine at a pub during his shift and stealing battering rams and a saw blade.
  • Inappropriate messages allegedly sent to colleagues, including homophobic and racist content.
  • Ongoing disciplinary hearing will determine if Johnson breached professional behavior standards.