Merseyside PC admits unlawful birthday bash and consuming pint of beer on shift

A firearms officer who went to the pub whereas on-call maintains he was “match for obligation” regardless of consuming a pint 20 minutes earlier than his shift got here to an finish.

PC Daniel Johnson, 43, had lunch together with his spouse and allegedly drank wine on the The Jug and Bottle pub in Heswall on April 30 2021 – the identical day he was purported to be serving an 8am-4pm shift as an on-call firearms officer. In keeping with CCTV footage, he left the pub at round 1.20pm and returned together with his associates at 3.25pm, and continued to drink alcohol.

At a misconduct listening to at Merseyside Police HQ right now, the officer mentioned he had “a sip” of his spouse’s wine throughout lunch, and admitted consuming a pint of beer at round 3.40pm, 20 minutes earlier than the tip of his shift. Nonetheless, he claimed he was “match for obligation and accessible for any choices”, including that he had by no means been challenged as being unfit throughout his entire 20-year profession.

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He mentioned it was “extremely unlikely” that he would have been known as out at 3.40pm, and that if there had been a call-out it could have been attended by on-duty officers, with on-call officers serving as a second choice.

The firearms officer, who joined Cheshire Constabulary in 2003 earlier than transferring to Merseyside in 2009, additionally denies stealing from his employer on at least three events.

On August 4 2021, it’s alleged he stole two battering rams from Smithdown Lane station as he “thought they might be useful to crush his parasol at house”. PC Johnson mentioned he had taken the damaged rams from a parking lot space often known as “the ratting bins”, the place officers would ceaselessly decide up outdated and disused items of kit for private use.

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