A former West Midlands Police officer has been jailed for 12 months after admitting possessing thousands of indecent images of children.

Peter Hogan, aged 62, from Birmingham, who was employed by the force as a driver, was also a school governor at the time of his arrest in October 2016.

He previously admitted three separate offences of making indecent images between 2009-2016 and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (30/03).

Hogan was arrested by officers from the force’s online child sexual exploitation team on 13 October 2016 and computer equipment seized from his address.

His lap top and phones were forensically analysed to reveal he had amassed over 3,965 indecent images and 209 videos of children.

The disturbing library included 243 category A level images of children and 91 category A movies. This is based on an internationally agreed police scale of indecency where category A is the most disturbing.

Police found a further 213 category B images and 76 videos of children and a total of 3,510 category C images together with 42 videos showing indecent images of children, the youngest believed to be six years old.

Superintendent Paul Drover, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “When arrested, Hogan was a driver for the force and also chair of governors at a south Birmingham school. I would like to reassure parents that there is no evidence to suggest an inappropriate contact between Hogan and children or that any of the images relate to children who attend the school. Specialist officers continue to work closely with the school and local authority concerned.

Hogan served as a police officer for 28 years in Birmingham, before retiring in October 2009. He was later employed as a staff police driver by the force and has since been dismissed.

Superintendent Drover continued: “I am satisfied with the lengthy sentence handed down by the courts. It reflects the seriousness of his offending and flies in the face of those people like Hogan who believe that they are not harming children who feature in these images. To capture these acts real children have been subject to sickening abuse and emotionally damaged.

“If offenders think that collecting child abuse images is something they can get away with, they need to think again. Every time they go online their digital footprint gets bigger. As this and other cases show, the passage of time will not cover your tracks. It will only be a matter of time before police knock on your front door or come and arrest you at your workplace.”

In addition to his jail term the judge ordered Hogan to sign the sex offenders register for ten years. He was also handed a sexual harm prevention order which prevents him from working with children and bars him from owning internet enabled devices.