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Police officer facing disciplinary action for allegedly wearing 'I love weed' hat while on duty

The officer is now facing a new style hearing which is open to the public.

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A POLICE OFFICER who allegedly wore a hat stating ‘I love weed’ while on patrol is facing disciplinary action.

PC Simon Ryan is accused of wearing the black wooly hat, after being told to remove it, while on mobile patrol duty at Northallerton Police Station.

He’s now facing a new-style hearing which is open to the public. The three-day public misconduct hearing is being chaired by an independent lawyer rather than a police officer.

The Northern Echo reports that PC Ryan has been charged with conduct amounting to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour expected of officers in areas including honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, orders and instructions, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct.

Colleagues told the paper that Ryan is an “exemplary officer who was only having a joke”, adding that:

“Police officers face some tough situations and sometimes it’s necessary to let off steam by having a laugh.”

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