24th May 2020

Allegations of gross misconduct proven against police officer

PC Daniel Pierson was dismissed without notice on Friday 16 August following a hearing held at Police HQ.

The panel, led by a legally-qualified independent chair, found that PC Pierson entered a knowingly false entry on Niche (Avon and Somerset’s crime recording and enquiry logging system), stating that a victim was happy for no further action to be taken against a suspect in the theft of a wheelchair after it had been recovered and returned.

The panel found allegations of breach of the duty to act with honesty and integrity were proved, that this amounted to gross misconduct on his part, comprising operational dishonesty, along with breaches of his duty to perform his duties and responsibilities adequately and that his conduct brought discredit upon the police.

An allegation of failure to abide by the appropriate standards of equality and diversity was not proved.

Giving their decision the panel accepted that PC Pierson was an officer of previously unblemished character who had been suffering physical and mental ill health at the time.

The members said the decision to dismiss him was made with a ‘heavy heart’.

Superintendent Simon Wilstead, Head of the Professional Standards Department, said:

“We expect our officers and staff to work with the highest standard of honesty and integrity, to investigate thoroughly those crimes they are allocated and to treat victims with respect.”