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Vancouver officers disciplined over porn

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Vancouver police say 14 officers face internal disciplinary action for viewing and e-mailing pornography and other inappropriate and offensive images.

"They know better," Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu said. "Our policies are clear, and when this happens, we will hold them accountable."

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Superintendent Jeff Sim said the 14 officers ranged in rank from constable to inspector, and one civilian employee also was disciplined, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. All the employees are males.

Department policy prohibits use of e-mail to send material that is pornographic, sexual, erotic, offensive, lewd or obscene.

The Globe and Mail said the images ranged from photos that would be found only by searching for pornography on the Internet to ones that could be found in a newspaper or in Sports Illustrated.

None of the images was considered illegal.

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