PC Ryan Connolly was fired from Merseyside Police after a gross misconduct hearing into multiple disciplinary offences over a six-year-period at the force

PC Connolly has been sacked from Merseyside Police (stock photo)

A police officer has been sacked from the force after taking selfies at a murder scene where a teenager was stabbed to death.

PC Ryan Connolly sent racist and homophobic pictures via Whatsapp while working for Merseyside Police.

While on duty he also photographed mentally ill people who had been sectioned under police powers.

The force launched an investigation and Connolly was formally dismissed following a gross misconduct hearing into a string of disciplinary offences over six years.

A tribunal heard how Connolly took a selfie at the cordon of the murder scene, sent offensive images via Whatsapp and photographed a fellow officer’s rear, reports the Liverpool Echo.

He was also convicted for three offences of possession of extreme pornographic material at Manchester Court in November and will be sentenced for this in January.

PC Ryan Connolly was formally dismissed from Merseyside Police



DCC Ian Critchley said: “I am appalled by Connolly’s actions. They are beyond comprehension and are not in keeping with the high standards and values that we expect here at Merseyside Police.

“Our officers carry out exceptionally brave selfless acts every single day, protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Yet here we see the despicable acts of a very selfish individual who has no place in our police service.”

The investigation revealed Connolly had been using his own mobile phone to take photographs of vulnerable people while working, and that the phone also contained “appalling homophobic, racist and offensive images.”

His case echoes that of two Metropolitan police officers who were sacked after using their phones at the murder scene of two sisters in Wembley, north west London.

Following a four-day hearing, the panel found Connolly had three breaches of professional standards including sharing offensive photos between 2015 and 2018.

It also uncovered that Connolly was associated with a known criminal and had not declared this link.

DCC Critchley added: “The behaviour of this officer is deplorable and serves to undermine the public’s confidence and trust in the police.”

Merseyside Police staff said it has introduced more measures including better vetting processes and is working with colleagues to ensure they uphold the standards expected.

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