June 2016

Derby police officer downloaded obscene images of children


A DERBY police officer has been convicted of downloading child sexual abuse images

PC Ross Dorricott pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child between August 29, 2006 and April 30, 2014 when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

The 36-year-old, who lives in Aston-on-Trent and who is based at Pear Tree station, also admitted three similar counts between December 1, 2008 and October 21, 2015.

He was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. It has not been revealed how many images Dorricott was caught with on his computer or which categories they were. He is no longer a serving officer after being sacked in April.

In 2014, PC Dorricott was handed a Divisional Commander’s commendation in Derby for his work at Pear Tree station.

And in 2010, when he was based at Swadlincote police station, he spoke at the inquest of former Pingle School teacher Nigel Simm, who was ruled to have taken his own life.

Derbyshire’s Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Very unusually I sacked Dorricott at a disciplinary hearing in April, which had to be held in private because the criminal proceedings were pending. Ordinarily I would have to wait for the conclusion of the court process.

“I’m horrified by his behaviour which would be unacceptable for anyone in society. It is far more unacceptable for a police officer, trusted to uphold the law, to act in this way. The public rightly expect the highest possible standards from police officers and he has let his colleagues and the force down and betrayed the trust put in him by the communities we are charged to serve.

“When the allegations first came to light we acted quickly to arrest and suspend him from duty. Specialist officers investigated the case and found damning evidence against him and the facts before the court show this was not an isolated incident.

“I took the unusual decision to hold a special disciplinary hearing in advance of the court case because of the weight of evidence against him

“I can assure the community that I have taken steps to make sure that he will never work in the police service again.