A FORMER Suffolk police officer from Thetford has been jailed for nine months in relation to the production and possession of illicit images of children.
Ian Reynolds, 44, of Juniper Close, Thetford, was sentenced this morning at Norwich Crown Court. Reynolds formerly worked for the police in Horringer.
He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to 26 charges of possessing and producing 120 images between January 1, 2009 and March 15 this year.
Chief Inspector Kim Warner, of Suffolk Constabulary Professsional Standards Department, said: “I am fully satisfied with the result of this criminal investigation. It is never easy to be involved with an enquiry involving a colleague, especially when it is a case involving child abuse.
“However, I am proud of the professionalism and dedication displayed by the investigation team throughout, and it is pleasing that the correct outcome was reached.
“What is apparent from the finding of guilt is that ex-constable Ian Reynolds has let himself down severely. However, he also betrayed the trust of his colleagues, and the general public of Suffolk who rightly demand the highest of moral standards from members of the police service.
“Most importantly and what must not be forgotten is that the real victims in this case are the children who appear in the images for which Mr Reynolds was found guilty, and it is with them that our sympathies must lie.
“I wish to reassure the general public, that while such cases are infrequent, Suffolk Constabulary Professional Standards Department will always respond pro-actively to reports of criminal and corrupt practices by police officers. Both the public and serving police officers would expect no less. There is no place within the constabulary for officers such as ex-Pc Reynolds.”