Police news: Hundreds of sexual allegations against serving officers

A new report published by the National Police Chiefs Council has revealed that there have been hundreds of allegations made against serving officers in the past five years.

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Sarah Everard’s murder has raised serious concerns about who is working in our police forces. (Photo courtesy of Getty/iStockphoto)

Over the last five years, at least 750 active police officers have been accused of sexual misconduct.

The latest statistics were released only days after Home Secretary Priti Patel announced an inquiry into the’systematic failings’ that enabled killer Wayne Couzens to work as a police officer.

Sarah Everard’s murder has shed light on British policing’s views regarding violence against women.

The prime minister has promised to address the country’s shockingly low percentage of rape convictions, and the Metropolitan Police’s screening processes will be reviewed.

Following his guilty plea, it was revealed that Couzens, who was dubbed “the rapist” by several coworkers, was connected to a flashing incident before to joining the force that was overlooked through pre-employment screening.

According to new data acquired by PA via freedom of information rules, there have been many allegations of sexual misbehavior in the country’s police services.

Only 34 instances out of the total number of cases recorded by forces during the five years resulted in dismissals.

An officer was recorded as having resigned or been fired in at least seven instances, and at least six policemen would have been terminated if they hadn’t quit first.

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While working in the police force, hundreds of policemen have been accused of sexual assault. (Photo courtesy of Getty/iStockphoto)

At least one officer resigned before a misconduct inquiry, and one was reported as dead, although not all forces gave a comprehensive analysis of the penalties imposed.

The Met did not reply to the request, but a prior publicly accessible FOI request showed that between 2016 and 2020, the UK’s biggest force logged 530 claims of’sexual crimes’ against serving officers and staff personnel.

Couzens was the 27th Met officer to be convicted guilty of a sex offence since 2016, as previously reported.

Few police suffer ‘any real repercussions’ for violence against women and girls, according to the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which comprises organizations such as Rape Crisis, Refuge, and Women’s Aid.

Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks to the media at the Home Office in Westminster, London, after police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a whole life order at the Old Bailey for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. Picture date: Thursday September 30, 2021. PA Photo. Couzens was a serving Pc with the Metropolitan Police when he kidnapped, raped and strangled the 33-year-old marketing executive as she walked home in Clapham, south London, in March. See PA story COURTS Everard. Photo credit should Marc Ward/PA Wire

Priti Patel has stated that an inquiry into Wayne Couzens’ ability to serve in the police force would be launched. (Photo courtesy of PA)

‘We need to see a fundamental reform of how the police react to violence against women – particularly within their own ranks,’ said Deputy Director Denzi Ugur.

‘This entails increased responsibility as well as immediate, coordinated, and planned action to combat violence against women.’

‘Ultimately, we must address these pervasive institutional failures before we can even begin to address women’s trust in the police,’ says the report.

Former Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu asked for all active police personnel to be revetted last week.

Police Scotland and the British Transport Police are among the 43 police forces that serve England and Wales.

Surrey Police documented 36 complaints of sexual misconduct against its officers during the same time period, according to publicly accessible statistics.

‘The misuse of police powers for the purposes of sexual exploitation or violence has a terrible effect on victims, and a severe impact on the public’s trust in individual officers and the service in general,’ according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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