A firearms officer who used the Police National Computer to access details about prostitutes has been jailed.
Christopher Taylor, 36, from Rochdale, admitted two counts of misconduct in public geet, and unauthorised access to the police computer. A judge said the Greater Manchester Police GMP officer's searches for his "sexual interest and gratification" had become "an addiction and an obsession". The court heard Taylor, who worked in Rochdale with the Tactical Firearms Unit, made searches in relation to relatives, neighbours, police officers and organised crime members between and His behaviour came to light after concerns about the high volume of searches he had made, some relating to sex workers, dating back as far as Marchthe court heard.
He made regular checks on one in particular and analysis of his phone showed they were in contact between June and November and had met at the Premier Inn in the town. Taylor was suspended after his arrest in March and said he had conducted a "huge amount" of unauthorised searches "born out of boredom".
It had become an addiction and an obsession. You can also send story ideas to northwest. At Liverpool Crown Court he was jailed for eight months. David Temkin, defending, told the court no police operations had been compromised.
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