Former Essex Police officer showed private images of woman to colleagues

Crime / Tue 18th Jun 2024 at 10:55am

A FORMER Essex Police officer would have been dismissed from the force, had he not resigned after a panel found him to have committed gross misconduct.

Former PC Alexander Fennell was alleged to have breached police standards in relation to Equality and Diversity, Authority Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.

Former PC Fennell was alleged to have shown private images of a woman to colleagues without her consent on multiple occasions. This took place whilst he was both on and off duty.

The incidents were reported, and a thorough investigation was launched by Essex Police.

Former PC Fennell was suspended from duty whilst an investigation by Essex Police’s Professional Standards Department continued.

A misconduct panel took place on Monday, 10 June and concluded on Tuesday, 11 June.

The panel, chaired by Legally Qualified Chair, David Thyme found the allegations against former PC Fennell to be proven.

It was determined that he would have been dismissed without notice had he not already resigned.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Prophet said “We encourage our officers and staff to call out inappropriate and misogynist behaviour.

“Former PC Fennell’s behaviour is something that we cannot tolerate and our Professional Standards Department have worked to thoroughly investigate the allegations and prove the gross misconduct.

“We will always pursue each and every report made to us and are continuing to investigate all reports where our officers have allegedly fallen below the standards we expect. The overwhelming majority of officers and staff in our force respect those values and, crucially as this case shows, they are confident to call out behaviour which is not acceptable.”

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14 Comments for Former Essex Police officer showed private images of woman to colleagues:

Jamie Kk
2024-06-18 11:47:15

I think this happens in pretty much all aspects of work! Especially younger lads on building sites etc

2024-06-18 14:39:04

Why in the age we live in now, anyone lets anyone take images of them like that is beyond me. You can't trust folk, as Jamie just pointed out.

Allan Drews
2024-06-19 04:57:11

Trace, because sometimes people misplace their trust in bad actors. We shouldn't be blaming the victim here but rather those who abuse the assumed trust. This isn't a "male only" issue either, as I've witnessed women doing the exact same thing in numerous workplaces over the years.

2024-06-19 08:09:53

I am not blaming the victim, this is 100% down to the sharer and it is illegal to do this without consent but there are bad people everywhere. It just makes sense never to put yourself in that position, be either male or female, it's not even just a case of bad actors, relationships break down etc too so loyalty & trust that was there at the beginning goes. Most folk have heard of revenge porn. It is very different times with the ease and ability to share a photo not only to friends and work mates but to possibly millions of people at the click of a button.

Allan Drews
2024-06-19 10:26:05

Trace, you say you're not victim blaming and then you go onto once again blame the victim. "If one doesn't take nude photos, then they won't have this issue" is exactly what you're saying - and that, is victim blaming.

2024-06-19 10:52:06

Allan the point being made is that if you take rude/personal photos or recordings of yourself you are putting yourself in a very dangerous situation. At night I always lock my front door because I don’t want bad people to come into my house if I left it wide open I’m asking for trouble even though I’ve done nothing wrong!

2024-06-19 11:27:00

Allan, so when banks tell people not give anyone their PIN number, or log in details for their bank account, are they victim blaming if they then lose money? I don't think so. As already stated, blame lies 100% with the criminals but there are measures, self-protection measures that people do and should take when it comes to protecting themselves. If you think protecting yourself the best you can from being a victim of a crime is blaming the victim then I can't say any more. The advice to the youngsters across sex education and all sorts of youth magazines (who are the main sexting bunch) is basically be very cautious about giving someone the images and then the power. They aren't victim blaming either, they're educating about the perils of such an act.

Crazyhorse 74
2024-06-19 20:19:09

Jamie kk ,-this would never happen on my building sites now days,even wolf whistling doesn't happen.those days are over matey.

Allan Drews
2024-06-20 04:22:39

Lol, all you keep doing is victim blaming. That's all I'm hearing. You are saying you aren't and then proceed to literally blame the victim. If someone doesn't take nude photos sure, they're at a lower risk of such things being shared - but that's not the point here, is it? The point is, someone abused the trust, someone who was in a position of power who should be more upstanding than the average individual so as to respect and truly reflect the law. If you fail to see how saying that, perhaps you also believe that women shouldn't be able to walk the street at night unless they're dressed a certain way. Shocking that you seem to think like this...

Allan Drews
2024-06-20 04:26:35

Jamie, false analogy there. Leaving your door unlocked does not mean you're asking for trouble at all. It means you forgot to lock the door, or perhaps didn't lock it for one reason or another - an unlocked door is not an invitation for bad actors. Just like taking nude images and sharing them is not an invitation for them to be shared. Much in the same way dressing in skimpy outfits is not an invitation to be touched or groped etc. Are you starting to see how there is no correlation between act and result? If I leave my door unlocked and someone comes in, I didn't ask for it - but you're thinking that I did, so once again- like I said, victim blaming.

2024-06-20 07:17:05

I was waiting for the wearing skimpy outfits anology, thought you would go there.

David Forman
2024-06-20 08:28:39

Bad police officer, bad conduct, it got noticed, got called out, got investigated and judged to be a bad copper. As bad copper resigned it's job done and Essex Police can feel satisfied.

Allan Drews.
2024-06-20 09:22:06

Care to clarify Trace? Or are you only in cherry picking now?

John Witby
2024-06-20 09:51:08

I know countless female officers that have done the exact same thing and worse yet were never even suspended from service. There is an astronomical difference in the force in relation to sexual/domestic incidents and how they are dealt with depending on gender. What this officer did was wrong but how it’s dealt with needs to be consistent. This officer showed a partially dressed photo to a friend and his ex partner called the police. I know a female officer who showed naked photos of a victim, mocking and insulting the female at the police station to colleagues and had a professional discussion with her supervisor. I’m not defending this male officers actions I’m just pointing out misconduct is not being dealt with properly and seems public perception is having a huge part to play especially after Wayne Couzens.