Benjamin Hannam was found guilty on five charges including membership in the banned National Action Group, a false application to join the police by not disclosing his membership in that group, possession of documents useful to a terrorist, and owning naughty photos of a child.
Hannam is the first official in the UK to be convicted of belonging to a terrorist group, according to the court.
The former police officer was involved in neo-Nazi group National Action from 2016 but left the group before joining the police force in March 2018, the London Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Judge Anthony Leonard said Hannam’s offense was “so serious that only imprisonment can be justified”.
The 22-year-old served as a probation officer with the London Metropolitan Police.
Commander Richard Smith of the Met Counterterrorism Unit said, after Hannam’s belief, that “the public expects police officers to perform their duties with the highest level of honesty and integrity. … Unfortunately, firstly, PC Hannam did not display any of these qualities he joined and dealt with an extreme right-wing banned organization and then lied about his previous connections with that group when applying to be a police officer. “
National Action was the first far-right group to be banned under UK Terrorism Laws in December 2016. It is a criminal offense in Britain to be a member of what the country’s Home Office has described as “virulently racist”. anti-Semitic and homophobic. “
The Met previously said Hannam became aware of detectives last year as part of wider investigations into far-right groups. Police said they found documents on a USB memory stick and other digital devices linking Hannam to far-right groups. A folder on the Memory Stick was named “NA” and contained files related to National Action.
Neil Basu, deputy commissioner of the city police, told Times Radio that he was “shocked and betrayed” by Hannam, as were “tens of thousands of decent cops across the country.”