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Former TVP officer pleads guilty to possession of extreme pornography

Former PC Craig Finch had pleaded guilty to one count of possession of extreme pornography last week.

PC Craig Finch, 38, resigned from the force last Wednesday, ahead of a special case misconduct hearing held on Thursday. 

The hearing, chaired by CC John Campbell, found that Finch’s actions amounted to gross misconduct and that he will now be placed on the College of Policing’s barred list. 

An investigation has been ongoing by the force since November 2021, with Finch being suspended from duty. 

Last Friday the officer, who was based at St Aldate’s police station, pleaded guilty to the offence and will next appear in court on September 19. 

Thames Valley Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg said: “Whenever an officer is accused of breaking the law we will investigate thoroughly and where evidence is found it will be presented it to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“It is entirely unacceptable to myself, to the Force, as well as to the public for someone who is supposed to uphold the law and protect others, to have committed such an offence and remain an officer.

“I hope that this conviction and the formal misconduct processes that have taken place demonstrate clearly that we as a police force, will not tolerate activity that brings the reputation of the service into disrepute.”

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