UK Police Lose all Credibility to Serve & Protect

50 police officers arrested in child porn raids…

Sourced from the Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-151784/50-police-officers-arrested-child-porn-raids.html

As relevant today, as it was relevant 20 years ago. Nothing has changed…

Fifty police officers across the UK have been arrested as part of a crackdown on suspected paedophiles who pay to access child pornography websites, detectives revealed today.

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The officers were among 1,300 people arrested on suspicion of accessing or downloading indecent images of children – some as young as five – from US-based Internet sites.

Thirty-five men were arrested in London this morning as part of the investigation – codenamed Operation Ore – following raids on 45 addresses across the capital.

Of the 50 policemen identified, eight have been charged to date and the remainder bailed pending further inquiries. Scotland Yard said none of those arrested today was a policeman.

At a press conference at Scotland Yard today, Jim Gamble, assistant chief constable of the National Crime Squad, said he was not surprised at the number of police officers among the suspects.

“As police officers, we should expect to be held accountable,” he said.

“Fifty police officers have been identified and we are not hiding that fact. We want you to know about that to reassure you.

“Police officers are member of the communities that they serve and there will be good people and bad people in the police.”

Mr Gamble said the 50 officers were among 1,200 Britons who had been identified as “category one or two” suspects – those who posed the greatest potential risk to children.

In addition, 40 children nationwide – 28 of them in London – had been identified as being at risk of being abused and appropriate steps had been taken with other agencies to ensure that all the youngsters were safe.

Before today’s arrests, the Metropolitan Police had executed 75 warrants across the capital with 65 arrests and more than 130 computers seized.

Although 7,000 suspected users of “pay-per-view” child pornography sites based in the US were identified in Britain, Mr Gamble said the actual number of offenders would probably be lower, partly due to duplicates.

The Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Carole Howlett, said today’s raids represented the single largest operation of its kind mounted so far by the force.

She added: “Our priority so far has been to identify those individuals on the list that pose the greatest threat to children now.

“But this process is on-going … and it will continue after today, even though it is extremely resource intensive.”

Ms Howlett also announced that the Home Office had agreed to allocate an extra £500,000 to support further action as part of Operation Ore.

She said the money would be used to provide extra training in computer forensics for officers across the country and to buy more equipment for analysing computers seized.

Commenting on today’s operation, children’s charity NSPCC said it had been assisting the Met by responding to any emerging child protection matters.

Colin Turner, head of NSPCC’s specialist investigation service, said: “The arrests send out a strong warning to those that think they can remain anonymous and escape the law by using the Internet to trade in child abuse images.

“Behind these indecent, abusive images are real children who will have suffered immense damage and trauma.”

Operation Ore is the UK wing of a huge FBI operation which traced 250,000 paedophiles worldwide last year through credit card details used to pay for downloading child porn.

The names of British suspects were passed on by US investigators.

Suspects were traced through the Landslide web site – a gateway to an international collection of child pornography sites.

Thomas Reedy, who ran the web site and earned millions from it, is now serving several life sentences in the US.

IN SUSSEX POLICE FORCE ALONE….

PC Alexander Walsh

A police officer awaiting sentencing for common assault and stalking a woman has been dismissed from Sussex Police.
Brighton-based PC Alexander Walsh, 33, of St Michael’s Place, Brighton, admitted the charges at Portsmouth Crown Court earlier this month.
Two counts of gross misconduct in respect of discreditable conduct were found against him during a hearing at Sussex Police headquarters last Friday.
He was dismissed without notice, and is due to be sentenced on 12 October.
He pleaded guilty to common assault and stalking without fear, alarm or distress on 5 September.
Det Supt Steve Boniface, head of Sussex Police’s professional standards department, said: “This officer’s behaviour was a violation of the trust that the public put in the police to serve and protect them.”

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-45630837

PC Daniel Moss – R.I.P

Sussex Police officer has been sacked after he was caught selling himself for sexual services while on sick leave.
PC Daniel Moss, 39, based at Hastings, became under formal investigation on December 2 and was immediately suspended from duty.
He was caught advertised himself online as a male prostitute and offered services to perform sexual acts for cash.
A Sussex Police spokesman said this demonstrating a clear conflict in personal and professional interests.
Moss had been on sick leave from September for a stress-related illness.

READ MORE: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14985755.pc-daniel-moss-sacked-by-sussex-police-after-caught-working-as-a-prostitute-while-on-sick-leave/

Detective Inspector Dominic O’Brien

A FORMER police officer chatted online about trying to rape an 11-year-old girl.
Sussex Police Detective Inspector Dominic O’Brien had already resigned from the force after he was accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to the 14-year-old daughter of a murder victim in 2006.
But O’Brien started talking to someone he thought was the mother of an 11-year-old on an online chatroom.
Lewes Crown Court was told yesterday that O’Brien, 52, of Rosemary Avenue, Steyning, was clearly aroused as he discussed his sexual desires towards the child.

READ MORE: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18208133.sussex-police-inspector-spared-jail-attempting-publish-obscene-material/

PC Luke Smith

A policeman who filmed himself performing sexual acts while in uniform and had dealings with sex workers has been jailed for 15 months.
PC Luke Smith, 34, who was based at Hastings, pleaded guilty to two charges of misconduct in public office and one count of obtaining personal data.
He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to 15 months in prison for each misconduct count, to run concurrently.
Sussex Police said Smith was sacked after he admitted the offences.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-36074383

DC Celia MacDonald

A detective constable failed to properly investigate child sex abuse claims and was only found out when the matter came to light again a year later.
Sussex Police officer Celia MacDonald decided no crime had been committed, did not record a crime or investigate further, the force said.

A gross misconduct panel ruled she would have been sacked if she had not retired just days before a hearing.

READ MORE: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/celia-macdonald-sussex-police-child-abuse-investigation-gross-misconduct-a8430046.html

Sergeant Philip Patterson aka Philip Savidge

A former Sussex Police officer has been jailed after pleading guilty to making and distributing more than 50,000 indecent images of children.
Philip Savidge, 26, of Alexandra Road, Burgess Hill, was an acting sergeant with Sussex Police at East Grinstead.
He admitted 42 charges relating to the making and distribution of 54,323 images, which included 1,681 prohibited and extreme images.
He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to 27 months’ imprisonment.
Savidge was served with a Sexual Offence Prevention Order designed to restrict his access to and use of computer equipment.
The court also made a destruction order for the material and equipment seized by police.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-14767601

PC Martin Harris

A police officer with “an entrenched sexual addiction” has been jailed for possessing indecent images of children.
Martin Harris took advantage of his work with victims of sex offences, even downloading childhood photos of a rape victim, Hove Crown Court heard.
Harris, 37, of Saltdean, Sussex, who admitted possessing and making indecent images and misconduct in public office, was jailed for two years.
Judge Christine Henson said his actions were a “gross breach of trust”.
Harris, a police constable, who joined Sussex Police in 2002, volunteered as a sexual offences liaison officer for 10 years before applying for the post in the safeguarding investigation unit in Brighton.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-43433676

Chief Inspector Rob Leet

dismissed after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
Former Chief Inspector Rob Leet and Sgt Sarah Porter were found to have conducted their relationship while at work and misused Sussex Police systems to arrange their liaisons.

Mr Leet, 44, was also found to have taken advantage of a domestic abuse victim by having a sexual relationship with her, also while on duty.

READ MORE: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sex-police-sussex-misconduct-rob-leet-sarah-porter-a8872426.html

Inspector Lee Lyons

A senior police officer who contacted prostitutes while on duty has been sacked following a misconduct hearing.
Inspector Lee Lyons, of Sussex Police, arranged a location and fee for one woman, “Natalie’s”, services for after his shift ended.
He also used his personal phone at work to make 23 calls to 11 prostitutes in an hour on 23 July.
Mr Lyons, accepted all 21 allegations against him, the disciplinary hearing was told.
He did not attend the seven-minute hearing in front of Chief Constable Giles York at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes.
Mr Lyons, 40, who was based in Hastings, was a critical incident inspector at the time of making the calls and text messages on his police BlackBerry.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-35095533

Officer Trevor Godfrey

FORMER Sussex officer Trevor Godfrey committed misconduct over his involvement in a stalking case which saw a 19-year-old brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend, a panel has found.
Now-retired Godfrey had told a misconduct hearing Shana Grice had initially lied about being in a secret relationship with older colleague Michael Lane as a “smokescreen” so her boyfriend Ashley Cooke did not find out.
The former Sussex Police officer denied he had applied a stereotype that two people in a relationship cannot be the subject of abuse from one another.

READ MORE: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/17804699.shana-grice-trevor-godfrey-guilty-misconduct/

Inspector Tony Lumb

A HIGH-RANKING police officer has been sacked from the force for having sex with women while on duty.
Inspector Tony Lumb formed inappropriate relationships with two women, including a victim of a disability hate crime in Brighton.
At a disciplinary hearing yesterday his 27-year career with Sussex Police was brought to an end after a panel ruled his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.
It was revealed that the force had investigated him over accusations he had made visits to women who he had previously met as part of his public duties.

READ MORE: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18184650.antony-lumb-misconduct-sussex-police-hears-sex-duty/

Sergeant Sarah Porter

A FEMALE police sergeant was sacked from the force for having sex with a married inspector colleague.
Sarah Porter was two ranks below Rob Leet when they conducted a relationship while at work and misused Sussex Police systems to arrange their meetings.

READ MORE: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8878425/police-sergeant-sex-sussex-police/

DC Richard Holder

A police officer has been sacked without notice after selling himself for sex while on sick leave.
Det Con Richard Holder of Sussex Police resigned before his dismissal at a disciplinary hearing on Monday.
Ch Con Giles York told the hearing at force headquarters in Lewes that Holder advertised on the AdultWork.com website.
The Police Federation said Holder admitted all of the allegations and had apologised for his lack of judgement.
He is the second Sussex Police officer to have been caught advertising his services as a prostitute in less than two years.
In December 2016, Hastings-based police constable Daniel Moss was dismissed after advertising himself as a male prostitute.
Last year it also emerged Insp Tony Lumb of Sussex Police could face criminal charges over claims he had sex with women he met while on duty.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-43705388

PC Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes, 40, accessed ‘vile’ images of children while he worked as a police officer with Sussex Police, a court heard today.
The images were found when police raided an address in Bognor in 2017.

READ MORE: https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/crime/former-police-officer-downloaded-indecent-images-children-while-serving-sussex-pc-166585

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