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Former police officer jailed for child porn offences

Jamal Hassan has been sentenced to six years in jail for keeping indecent images of children Credit: Beds Police

A former Bedfordshire police officer has been jailed after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Bedfordshire Police received a tip off about Jamal Hassan's online activity in May.

Officers from Cambridgeshire Police's paedophile investigation team discovered 7000 indecent images and videos on various devices at Hassan's home in Luton. He was immediately suspended from duty.

Hassan, 36, admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children, possession of an extreme pornographic image, outraging public decency, four counts of misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

Hassan, who was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct at a Special Case Hearing held earlier this month, was sentenced to a total of six years in prison at Peterborough Crown Court.

He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) lasting 15 years and was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

When sentencing, Judge Sean Enright described Hassan’s actions as a ‘gross abuse of his position of trust’.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire said Jamal Hassan's action were abhorrent and had no place in policing.

“We are here to protect vulnerable people from harm and he has let down every single one of his colleagues with his conduct. People who worked alongside him are disgusted by his behaviour and were completely unaware of the secret life he was leading.“

– T/Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire

Police say there's no suggestion Hassan committed any ‘contact’ offences, but they are still investigating his actions over the past decade and would urge anyone with concerns to contact them.

It is our duty to protect members of the public, and this sentence should send a clear message to offenders that you will be brought to justice irrespective of who you are or your position in society.”

– Detective Sergeant James Weston of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, senior investigating officer