It was claimed that twelve of the images, which allegedly showed women’s intimates clothed, were taken by female officers from Merseyside police.
A group chat in which photos of female police officers were shared was conducted by a police sergeant, according to a new report.
The WhatsApp group – Title “Would you / Wouldn’t you”The alleged images included dozens of photos of Merseyside Police officers, and other staff members.
It was claimed that the women were photographed performing their duties.
Some photos showed the backs and crotch of policewomen, according to the Liverpool Echo reports.
According to some reports, 12 female officers were pictured as part of the group.
The chat host sergeant, who is believed to be married with children, has not been suspended. He is still working, though on restricted duties.
Merseyside Police confirmed the holding of a misconduct hearing to investigate the behaviour of two officers. The date was not yet set and it said that it could not comment on details of the case during the ongoing proceedings.
Both officers were confirmed by the force to be on restricted duty while disciplinary procedures are in place.
Many officers were disgusted by the news and angry at the long time it took to resolve their disciplinary issues, according to the ECHO report.
During another investigation into the officer accused of violating Covid restrictions, the WhatsApp messages were discovered. This probe saw the Professional Standards Department of the force examine his phone.
The ECHO was informed by a source who knew the facts: “He had set this group up, as far as I’m aware there have been 12 female officers identified. He was taking photos his female colleagues bending over and things, and comparing them to each other.
“The group contained over 100 photos. It’s quite disgusting.”
The case comes at a time when there is increased scrutiny on the culture within policing nationally, flowing from the murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, on March 3, 2021. There have been several other scandals involving misogyny in the Met since that case.
According to a recent Freedom of Information request in Merseyside Police, between April 2018 and December 2020, eight officers were hit with allegations of “Unprofessional and unsuitable” use of social media, including one who received a final written warning.
Detective Superintendent Mark Baker, from the force’s Professional Standards Department, told the ECHO: “Our officers and staff must meet the highest standards. The Professional Standards Team is committed in holding those who do not comply with those standards accountable.
“All of our officers should recognise the unique position we hold in maintaining law and order, and that to keep the trust and confidence of our communities we must uphold the highest standards of behaviour ourselves at all times.
“Merseyside police is aware that the public has high expectations of its officers. We will investigate any misconduct and take appropriate action.
“The overwhelming majority of our staff understand the need for integrity and high standards and provide the public with an exception service day in and day out and we have processes in place so that officers and staff are able to confidentially report to us if a colleague does not adhere to the standards expected.”