Statement following charging of Thames Valley Police Officer based in Amersham
Following the news that a Thames Valley Police Officer has been charged (see below) Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“These are truly abhorrent allegations and made more shocking given the individual charged is a serving Thames Valley Police officer.
“Northamptonshire Police are carrying out a criminal investigation, the outcome of which will be known in due course. This investigation is fully supported by Thames Valley Police.
“Along with the public, I expect the highest standards from Thames Valley Police. In holding the Chief Constable to account, I need to feel fully satisfied that the force has the appropriate processes in place to enable it to root out corruption and behaviours that have no place in our society, let alone in policing. The force will be undertaking an immediate and full review of its vetting decisions, and in addition, I have commissioned a targeted Inspection by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICFRS) looking into this case, and to seek any wider learning. “
A serving Thames Valley Police officer has been charged with two offences, following an investigation by Northamptonshire Police.
PC Luke Christopher Horner, based at Amersham police station, has been charged with one count of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child aged 13-15 and one of making an indecent image of a child in connection with an incident while off duty.
PC Horner, aged 24, is due to appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (16/6).
The officer was suspended from duty on Thursday (15/6) and will be subject to a separate misconduct investigation. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been informed.
We are not in a position to comment further at this time, due to this being a live investigation.