A WhatsApp group titled "Magaluf" became the stage for three young police constables to brag about taking class A drugs and having sex with refugees.
Some 5,394 messages sent over a five month period in 2022 marked the end of the policing careers of Bradley Johnson, Thomas Taylor and Conor O'Hare who did not attempt to defend themselves and resigned before they could be sacked from Merseyside Police.
The Liverpool ECHO reported that in one conversation, discussing a trip to Poland, the three officers joked about tricking Ukrainian refugees into sex for "green cards". One officer wrote: "We need a threesome pic in the Poland."
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Another replied: "With a refugee sat on each of our d****." One officer added: "Promise them a green card, s*** them, then fly back home."
In another chat, the officers discussed drink driving and taking cocaine in Magaluf. One said "You drinking?"
Another replied "Naaaaa mate but we can still do beak [cocaine] cannot we?"
His colleague said: "Yee I’m sound driving after beak to be fair, drift round corners and that."
The officers even joked about the Professional Standards Department (PSD) taking a dim view of the messages, stating: "(PSD it’s a joke chill boi’s)"
One of the disgraced constables added: "(It's not)."
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In another exchange, they discussed driving despite one of the officers not having passed his driving test. One officer advised: "Get a blag license or something when I went on them things in Turkey they just gave us a form to put our license number on."
Finding each officer guilty of gross misconduct, Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said the messages showed: "A complete lack of courtesy and respect to their colleagues, who considered them to be good colleagues."
She highlighted how the messages discriminated against refugees and female officers, with persistent and repeated use of racially abusive and derogatory language.
A "thorough investigation" by the force’s anti-corruption unit saw the trio brought to task.
The three officers were each charged with breaching standards of professional behaviour relating to integrity; authority; respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.
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