Married cop ‘ran “would you” WhatsApp group rating 100 photos of female colleagues’

Twelve of the images – which allegedly showed the clothed intimate areas of women – were taken of female officers working for Merseyside Police, it was claimed

A male police officer – who is married with children – is under investigation after he was accused of running a WhatsApp group titled “Would you / Wouldn’t you” which rated the appearance of female colleagues

A police sergeant has been caught running a group chat containing pictures of his female colleagues – rated by other male cops, a new report has claimed.

The WhatsApp group – titled “Would you / Wouldn’t you” – allegedly contained dozens of images of female Merseyside Police officers and other members of staff.

The women were photographed while carrying out their duties, it has been claimed.

Some of the photos were said to show the backsides and crotch areas of policewomen, the Liverpool Echo reports.

It’s claimed that 12 female officers have already been identified as being pictured in the group.

The sergeant accused of running the chat – who is said to be married with children – has not been suspended and is still working, albeit on restricted duties.

The sergeant running the chat has not been suspended and is still working, albeit on restricted duties



Merseyside Police confirmed that a misconduct hearing into the behavior of two officers will be held at a date to be set, and said it could not comment on the specifics of the case while proceedings were ongoing.

The force confirmed both officers were on restricted duties while disciplinary procedures take place.

News of the group caused disgust and deep anger among many officers in the force who are concerned at the length of time disciplinary procedures are taking, the ECHO’s report claims.

The WhatsApp messages came to light during another investigation into the same officer allegedly breaching Covid restrictions. That probe involved the force’s Professional Standards Department examining his phone from him.

A source with knowledge of the situation told the ECHO: “He had set this group up, as far as I’m aware there have been 12 female officers identified. He was taking photos of his female colleagues bending over and things, and comparing them to each other.

“There were over 100 photos in the group; it’s pretty disgusting.”

The case comes at a time when there is increased scrutiny on the culture within policing nationally, flowing from the murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, on March 3, 2021. There have been several other scandals involving misogyny in the Met since that case.

According to a recent Freedom of Information request in Merseyside Police, between April 2018 and December 2020, eight officers were hit with allegations of “unprofessional and inappropriate” use of social media, including one who received a final written warning.

Detective Superintendent Mark Baker, from the force’s Professional Standards Department, told the ECHO: “We demand the highest possible standards from our officers and staff and the Professional Standards Team is committed to ensuring that those who fall below those standards are held to account.

“All of our officers should recognize the unique position we hold in maintaining law and order, and that to keep the trust and confidence of our communities we must uphold the highest standards of behavior ourselves at all times.

“The public rightly have high expectations of our officers and Merseyside Police is committed to ensuring we meet those expectations and we will investigate those and take appropriate action, whether that be through internal misconduct processes or the criminal justice system.

“The overwhelming majority of our staff understand the need for integrity and high standards and provide the public with an exception service day in and day out and we have processes in place so that officers and staff are able to confidentially report to us if a colleague does not adhere to the standards expected.”

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