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Ex police officer, Russell Hinkins, of Haverhill, pleads guilty to misconduct charges

A former Essex Police officer from Haverhill whose actions caused ‘great distress’ to those affected has pleaded guilty to a number of misconduct in a public office offences.

Russell Hinkins, 43, had initially been arrested in 2022 as part of an internal investigation by Essex Police’s Counter Corruption Unit.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on January 9 charged with misconduct in a public office, securing unauthorised access to material, and disclosing information without consent.

Essex Police
Essex Police

The offences relate to an investigation into the sharing of images and material of a sensitive nature without a policing purpose to do so.

At Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday he pleaded guilty to those charges and is next due to appear in court on March 25 and will be sentenced at a date yet to be confirmed.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “The actions of Russ Hinkins have caused a great deal of distress to those involved and I am pleased we have held him accountable.

Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet
Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet

“Essex Police is committed to earning and maintaining the trust of all our communities and building on the high levels of confidence across the county.

“The actions of Hinkins do not represent the values of Essex Police or the hardworking officers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated professionals committed to serving the people of Essex.”

He resigned from the force in March 2023 but will still face an Essex Police misconduct process.