Fourteen Vancouver police officers and one civilian staff member have been reprimanded for circulating pornography on work computers, the force announced on Thursday morning.

The department says members circulated dozens of videos and images ranging from swimsuit models to pornography, but did not include any illegal images or child pornography.

The investigation began last year when the VPD was searching through employee emails trying to determine who had leaked some confidential information.

The investigators found 15 male employees, including officers ranking up to inspectors, were sharing the inappropriate images by email.

VPD went public with the investigation after information about it surfaced on a blog on Wednesday night.

Chief Jim Chu said all of the officers have been given written reprimands, and some have been reassigned or suspended.

"I want all the Vancouver police department employees and officers to focus on fighting crime. I don’t want them distracted by sending inappropriate emails out. They know better and our policies are clear and when this happens we will hold them accountable," said Chu.