Darren Snow chairs Police Misconduct Tribunal

Considering the standards of policing

Published: 20th April 2022

Darren Snow recently chaired a police misconduct tribunal which had to consider the implications of a Hertfordshire police officer using the OnlyFans digital platform to sell sexually explicit images of himself.

OnlyFans enables users to upload and sell content to other users.

The former officer had used a pseudonym on the site and advertised sexually explicit images for sale.

There was no evidence that he had made known he was a police officer nor that users accessing the site had become aware he was a police officer.

Hertfordshire Police had been tipped off by a third party known to the officer.

The tribunal had to consider the standards of policing which apply to all police officers to uphold high standards in their private lives and to avoid any activity that risks undermining public confidence in policing.

The officer had resigned by the time of the hearing in April 2022. He admitted the allegations and that his behaviour had amounted to gross misconduct. The panel found that had he still been serving then the decision would be dismissal without notice and he was added to the barring list.

The case was widely reported in the media:

Policeman, 25, who posted on OnlyFans to fund a hair transplant is found guilty of gross misconduct | Daily Mail Online

Cop posted X-Rated snaps on OnlyFans so he could raise cash for a HAIR TRANSPLANT (thesun.co.uk)

Darren Snow is recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in professional discipline work – he has a wealth of experience defending in healthcare, police and legal misconduct cases together with his work chairing disciplinary and sports safeguarding panels.

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