York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police boss cleared over images

Adam Briggs
Image caption An inquiry was started after the images were seen by the force's IT department

A senior policeman who tried to view a computer disk featuring "potentially offensive" images will not face disciplinary action for misconduct.

Adam Briggs, deputy chief constable of North Yorkshire Police, was investigated after the disk was found in a laptop he used for force business.

The county's police authority said the images intended to be humorous and were not pornographic or criminal.

Evidence showed Mr Briggs did not view the disk and he has apologised.

The police authority said the disk, which Mr Briggs said was sent to him by someone he knew, included items that could have been of use to him in his work but also "poster-style advertisements and photographs".

Images 'distasteful'

A spokesman said: "At no time did DCC Briggs view the disc. This has been confirmed by forensic analysis."

The authority's professional standards sub committee (PSSC), which considered the case, said Mr Briggs breached policy "regarding the prohibition of use of unauthorised removable computer media".

The PSSC said there was "no need for further disciplinary proceedings in relation to either matter but that it would be made clear to DCC Briggs that he must adhere to force policies at all times".

Mr Briggs said: "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."

Mr Briggs said some of the images were "inappropriate and distasteful and I would never have used them".

He said he accepted the decision and authority's advice.

A separate inquiry into allegations that Mr Briggs and Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell helped relatives during a police recruitment exercise is continuing.

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