An increasing number of police are caught abusing power for sexual gain as new figures show seventy officers were investigated last year… up from just TEN in 2016
- Police officers facing disciplinary action for abusing positions for sexual gain have increased
- The IOPC said seventy officers were investigated last year, up from just ten in 2016.
- It follows the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard of Wayne Coozens
There has been a sharp rise in the number of police officers and staff facing disciplinary action for abusing their position for sexual gain, a watchdog has revealed.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said seventy were investigated last year, up from just ten in 2016.
Between April 2018 this year and March this year, 66 faced malpractice proceedings after an investigation.
Seventy police officers were investigated for abusing their position for sexual gain last year, up from just ten in 2016, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said (file photo).
Of these, forty-two were in the last 12 months of that period. Misconduct was proved in 63 cases.
Seven police officers or employees were also prosecuted for criminal offences, leading to six convictions, three of which received immediate custodial sentences.
The watchdog’s deputy director general, Claire Bassett, said that recent events – including the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of firearms officer Wayne Couzens – served as a reminder that police need to root out this behavior. needed.
“It’s really important that policing has a culture that has zero tolerance for any sort of behavior that’s abusive, sexist, homophobic — there’s no place for that in modern policing,” she said.
‘We want to see the forces sending that message.’
The watchdog’s deputy director general said the abduction, rape and murder of firearms officer Wayne Kuzens Sarah Everard was a reminder that police must root out this behavior
Three weeks ago, Warwickshire Police Investigator Alan Butler was jailed for 18 months due to ties with two women whose affairs he was overseeing.
A married father with over 30 years of service, the 64-year-old ‘molested’ targeted a victim when she reported her father for historical child sexual abuse.
He was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in a public office.
Chief Constable Lauren Poultney of the National Police Chiefs Council said: ‘We recognize the need to identify signs of this form of corruption internally and share information and training for officers about it, as well as to channelize its Insist on reporting.