Revealed: 750 sexual misconduct accusations against police in five years

Hundreds of sexual misconduct allegations have been leveled against police officers across the UK over five years.

Figures from 31 police officers received by RADAR under the Freedom of Information Act show that at least 750 allegations were made against officers between 2016 and 2020.

The FoI asked the armed forces in England, Wales and Scotland how many sexual assault complaints had been made against police officers on duty in each of those years.

The complaints could relate to historical allegations, and most of the sex-recorded were against male officials, the data showed.

The replies did not indicate whether any officer was on duty at the time of the alleged incidents.

Of the total number of cases recorded by the armed forces in the five years, at least 34 resulted in layoffs.

In at least seven cases, one officer was listed as either resigning or dismissed, and at least six officers would have been dismissed had they not resigned first.

At least one officer resigned for misconduct before a hearing and in one case the officer was listed as deceased.

Not all forces provided a detailed breakdown of the sanctions imposed, and one of the forces that responded to the FoI also included a small number of police officers in its response.

There are 43 police forces covering England and Wales, as well as the Scottish Police and the British Transport Police.

Separate publicly available data found that Surrey Police recorded 36 sexual misconduct allegations against their officers over the same period, while the Met Police logged more than 500 sexual offense allegations against both officers and employees.

It comes after an independent investigation was announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel to investigate the “systematic errors” that allowed Sarah Everard’s killer, Wayne Couzens, to be employed as a police officer.

Baroness Casey of Blackstock will conduct a separate culture and standards review of the Metropolitan Police following the murder of Ms. Everard.

Gunner Couzens used his police handcuffs and arrest warrant to stage a fake arrest so that he could kidnap 33-year-old Ms. Everard before raping and murdering her.

The End Violence Against Women Coalition, which includes groups like Rape Crisis, Refuge and Women’s Aid, said few officials have “meaningful consequences” for violence against women and girls.

Deputy Director Denzi Ugur said: “We need to radically revise the way the police react to violence against women – especially within their own ranks.

“This means greater accountability and urgent, coordinated and strategic action to combat violence against women.

“Ultimately, we have to address these widespread institutional flaws before we can even begin to build women’s confidence in the police.”

A publicly available response to another freedom of information request found that the Met – the UK’s largest police force – registered 530 sexual offense allegations against on-duty officers and staff between 2016 and 2020.

They consisted of public complaints and internal conduct issues, including those raised by other members of the force.

The allegations involved a total of 713 Met police officers and staff, most of whom were male (577) – although an officer or staff member may have been named in more than one allegation.

A total of 47 lawsuits led to the dismissal of civil servants or employees without notice.

The Independent Police Conduct Bureau, which oversees the police complaint system, said it was up to the authorities to “stop” any abuse of police powers.

A spokesman said: “The abuse of police powers for the purposes of sexual exploitation or violence has devastating effects on victims and has a serious impact on public confidence in individual officers and the service in general.

“It is vital that effective systems are in place to prevent, monitor, and deal quickly with anyone who takes advantage of this trust.

“In the context of the police force, this behavior is a form of corruption and should be treated as such.

“Every reported case represents a grave betrayal of the confidence that individuals should have in the police. It is behavior that can never be justified or tolerated. ”

Announcing an independent investigation, the Home Secretary said the public needed answers to ensure that an incident like Ms. Everard’s murder never happens again.

A Home Office spokesman said, “As the public would rightly expect, we take the integrity of the police very seriously and have already taken steps to revise the police complaint and disciplinary systems to increase transparency and accountability.”

The government’s independent investigation was welcomed by Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council, who said verification and professional standard procedures need to be reviewed in order to restore public confidence.

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