John William Green, former police communications chief, admits making indecent images of children

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Dear Cleveland Police,

From the Chronicle:

'A former police communications boss "betrayed his colleagues" by making indecent images of children.

John William Green, known as Will Green, appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday to plead guilty to the offence, involving 79 category C still images of children, Teesside Live reports.

The 42-year-old had been head of the Cleveland Police Corporate Communications Unit, and previously worked as a corporate communications adviser for Northumbria Police between 2008 and 2013.'

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nor...

The story mentions that he was suspended from his job and later resigned.

1. Please provide the date of his suspension and the date of his resignation.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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'Green, of Hebron, Morpeth, was sentenced to a 24 month community order.

He must also complete 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days and the 'Maps for Change' programme.

Green will also be subject to notification requirements for five years and pay a court bill of £180.

Green was not accompanied by anyone during his appearance and the hearing lasted less than five minutes.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Green,

Enquiry Ref: 13101/2021

I write in connection with your request for information dated 16th July 2021 and received by this office on 19th July 2021. Please accept my sincere apologies for the late response due to sickness within the office, your patience is appreciated.
Below are the questions raised in your request and our response?

Following an article in the Chronicle in relation to the previous Head of Corporate Communications you asked;
1. Please provide the date of his suspension and the date of his resignation.
a) The suspension was on 11th March 2021 and Mr Greens resignation submitted on 16th March 2021.

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1. Please provide the date of his suspension and the date of his resignation.

a) The suspension was on 11th March 2021 and Mr Greens resignation submitted on 16th March 2021.

Only 15 days between his suspension and his resignation submission. With police officers I find that resignations tend to take much longer.

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College of Policing's Barred List:

'The barred list was introduced after the Policing and Crime Act 2017 made it a requirement for all Home Office police forces in England and Wales to inform the College of Policing of conduct or performance dismissals.

The list also includes dismissals of officers who resigned or retired prior to a misconduct hearing being held. Changes in legislation now enable forces to continue with these investigations and, where appropriate, still hold a hearing to establish whether or not the officer would have been dismissed had they remained in the police service.'

https://assets.college.police.uk/s3fs-pu...

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The Times Editorial - It’s now or never for policing to change

'The following editorial from IOPC Director General Michael Lockwood first appeared in The Times on Friday 8 October 2021.

"But now is a watershed moment for policing to act and above all else, change. Policing must re-focus on building trust and take a long hard look at its own culture.

A police culture that allows racist, misogynistic or homophobic behaviour to exist is not one we can trust. These breaches are compromising the relationship police have with communities they most need to serve.

From our own work, more than 1,500 police officers and staff have now faced examination by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for their conduct. Of those, 58 per cent faced disciplinary proceedings or were told to improve their performance.

As an example, in two years, we have seen 394 referrals where abuse of power for sexual gain by police officers was a factor.  Of these, 106 were serious enough to be investigated independently by ourselves."'

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/news/ti...

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GB News:

'Figures from 31 police forces obtained by RADAR under the Freedom of Information Act reveal at least 750 accusations were made against officers between 2016 and 2020.'

https://www.gbnews.uk/news/police-hundre...

RADAR:

https://pa.media/radar-news/