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North Yorkshire's Deputy Cheif Constable cleared of possessing indecent images on his computer

North Yorkshire's Deputy Cheif Constable cleared of possessing indecent images on his computer

1:18pm 22nd September 2010
(Updated 2:58pm 23rd September 2010)

North Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable has been cleared of allegation about possessing indecent images on his computer.

Adam Briggs was questionned after a computer disc was found in his laptop containing inappropriate material.

The images included poster style advertisements and photographs, many of which were intended to be humorous, but some of which could be viewed as offensive.

In his defence Mr Briggs stated the disc had been created some years ago by someone he knew and he's never viewed it.

That was confirmed by forensic analysis.

The Police Authority has now ruled none of the images were pornographic or of a criminal nature, but they were potentially offensive in a number of respects.

They concluded that whilst there was a case to answer for potential misconduct, there was no need for further disciplinary proceedings.

Adam Briggs has been told "he must adhere to force policies at all times in the future."

In response to this decision, DCC Briggs said: “Sometime ago I was forwarded a computer disk, which the sender believed would be of use to me in my work as a Police Officer.

"I attempted to view the contents of the disk on my office laptop but the computer was unable to open it. I intended to get the IT department to open it for me but before this was done the laptop was taken away as part of an upgrade with the disk still inside and unopened.

"The disk was subsequently opened by the IT department and an investigation launched.

"I then viewed the contents for the first time. Some of the contents would have been of use to me in my work as a Police Officer but other images, whilst widely available to the public, I regard as inappropriate and distasteful and I would never have used them.

"I accept the advice of the Authority that I should have followed force procedure for the opening of non-force disks and not tried to open the disk on my office laptop.”

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