A police officer has been suspended from duty after being arrested by his own force on suspicion of child grooming.
The officer serves with Essex Police and was arrested in a Braintree supermarket car park over arranging to meet a child under the age of 16.
He was held on Wednesday after a third party passed information to the force.
Essex Police said the officer has been suspended “pending the outcome of the investigation”.
It added he had been released while inquiries continue.
A separate and independent unit to where the officer worked undertook the initial investigation, the force said.
The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.