Detective given final written warning after booze-filled night out where he flashed warrant card to get into nightclub
- Detective Constable Daniel Buckett, 37, used his warrant card to enter a club
A police officer has been given a final warning after he used racist language and flashed his warrant card to get into a nightclub in Cambridge.
Detective Constable Daniel Buckett, 37, was found to have breached professional behaviour standards and committed gross misconduct.
The hearing by Cambridgeshire Constabulary heard Buckett had acted ‘without integrity and in a manner that could bring discredit upon the police service’.
The officer had shown his police-issued warrant card at other patrons in Lola Lo Nightclub in Cambridge on December 3, 2021.
The second allegation claimed he had discriminated against a member of the public and stated he used racist language that same evening.
Detective Constable Daniel Buckett, 37, was given a final written warning after he was found to have breached professional behaviour standards and committed gross misconduct
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Buckett had previously been acquitted on a charge of a racially aggravated public order offence over the incident, in a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 21, 2022.
Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said at the time that he would still have to face the misconduct claims by his force’s professional standards panel.
The misconduct hearing report said that DC Buckett had admitted to drinking ‘two pints of beer, a glass of mulled wine, two cocktails and then, in the nightclub, three or four shots of jaeger bombs during the course of the night’.
It added: ‘We could only conclude he was drunk at the time of his removal from the nightclub.’
Regarding the racist language, the panel said: ‘We find that the words alleged were stated by B and were racist in content. We would note in stating this, that we also found that when saying this, the words were not directed at anyone.’
A witness of the event claimed that DC Buckett had been ‘flashing his warrant card at people’.
DC Buckett said that he had been unable to retrieve his clothes, which contained his house keys, from the nightclub after being removed.
The hearing used CCTV evidence to consider the events of the evening. The hearing found that DC Buckett had breached the standards of integrity; discreditable conduct; authority, respect and courtesy; and equality and diversity. He received a final written warning of two years duration.
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