Two Essex Police Officers Sacked

Two Essex police officers have now been sacked from the force after being found guilty of criminal offences, one of which included making indecent images of children.

Chief Inspector Ben Hodder, from Thurrock, was sentenced last Friday (April 17) after admitting one count of making indecent images of children. He was given a six month jail term, suspended for two years.

The 34 year old was also given a six-month electronic curfew as part of a 12-month supervision order, told to pay a £1,200 fine and sign on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

PC 72517 Stephen Tilley, who's 36 and from Rayleigh, was given a 22-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, after being convicted of misconduct in public office last month.

The offence related to him sending an "intimate" image to a woman he met while on duty.

He was also ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid community work.

Both men were given fast track disciplinary hearings after they admitted the offences against them. Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh ordered that both men were sacked with immediate effect today (Friday April 24).

They are the first fast track hearings to be carried out by Essex Police in more than four years.

Mr Kavanagh said: "Every day I hear of Essex Police officers placing their lives on the line to save others, stop crime and bring offenders to justice.

"This force has a huge amount to be proud of which is why I find it hugely disappointing when rogue officers like these two let down their colleagues and the people of Essex so badly.

"There is no place in my Force for people who commit offences like these and any officer of staff member convicted of similar crimes can expect to be dismissed.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims in these cases who had the courage to report these crimes and see them through to the court.

"I want to make sure that Essex Police employs only the bravest and the best and if anyone has concerns about the conduct or behaviour of any of my officers or staff I would urge them to report it to us on 101."

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