Joseph Watts-Johnson

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Service Record

Agency Erie Colorado Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended July 13, 2022.[1]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]

Incident Reports

2021 Forgery

In 2021, Watts-Johnson applied to the Erie Colorado Police Department, and claimed to have served in the military, including training from the Army Rangers, Airborne, and Air Assault Division.[1]

In January 2022, the Police Chief noticed that Watts-Johnson's military paperwork did not describe the training. Watts-Johnson was asked to provide complete information prior to June 28, 2022.[1]

On June 28, 2022, Watts-Johnson produced new documents, but the department questioned their legitimacy and contacted the U.S. Army for an official version.[1]

Response Timeline

On July 8, 2022, Watts-Johnson was placed on paid leave pending an investigation.[1]

On July 13, 2022, Watts-Johnson was fired following the investigation.[1]

Watts-Johnson is expected to face felony charges of forgery and attempt to influence a public servant.[1]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: neutral
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
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