April 2023

Former Surrey PCSO jailed after pleading guilty to indecent image offences involving children

A former Surrey Police Community Support Officer has been sentenced to six years in prison, after pleading guilty to indecent image offences involving children.

William Redwood, 24, pleaded guilty to 33 offences of making, taking and distribution of indecent images of children and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing in July 2022.

The victims, who are both male and female, were aged between 12 and 17 years old at the time the offences were committed.

Redwood was aged between 17 and 22 years old during the span of these offences being committed.

He joined Surrey Police as a PCSO based in Runnymede in October 2019.

In August 2020, Redwood’s supervisor raised concerns to the Force’s Anti-Corruption Unit that he had formed an inappropriate and undisclosed association and had accessed confidential police information without a legitimate policing purpose.

Following concerns raised during the investigation, his mobile phone was seized and found to contain indecent images of children. The investigation was then passed to Surrey Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team.

Redwood resigned from Surrey Police prior to an internal misconduct hearing taking place in December 2020 where it was found that he would have been dismissed from the Force had he not resigned. He was placed on the barred list.