‘Potential predators among us’: New figures show 1,500 police officers accused of attacking women…but only 1 per cent fired
The horrific scale of police abuse can be revealed today, as figures show that 1,500 officers and staff have been charged with violence against women, yet only 1 percent have been fired.
The first ever national report on officer and staff offending revealed how hundreds of uniformed offenders are reported for assaults on women as serious as rape, domestic abuse and harassment, yet the majority get away with it.
In the six months between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, a total of 1,539 officers and staff members were accused of violence against women and girls by members of the public or colleagues.
But in the same period only 13 officers were dismissed, which is less than 1 percent of the defendants.
Data published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council shows that 70 per cent of misconduct cases completed in that period did not lead to further action, and four officers were given written warnings.
During six months, a total of 1,539 officers and staff were accused of violence against women and girls. Pictured: murderer and rapist Wayne Cousins (left) and fellow prolific rapist David Carrick (right)
The sergeant who beat an unnamed wife to protect his interest
A policeman with a history of violence against women over 20 years could not be identified because he claimed it would harm his mental health.
The sergeant pushed a woman, whom he met in 2003 and married in 2005, from a moving car, repeatedly hitting her on the head and face, punching her in the stomach causing her to vomit and trying to throw her into a bath of bleach. .
The officer – with Sussex Police for 20 years – reportedly slapped another partner across the face so hard it caused her ear to bleed. Both women were serving officers.
At a disciplinary hearing in Lewes, East Sussex, allegations of serious misconduct against him last week were substantiated. The committee said he would have been fired from the force had he not already resigned.
But the committee allowed his request to remain anonymous. The sergeant claimed he was weak because he had “mental health” problems but did not provide any medical evidence. Jane Butler, chief executive of the charity Rape Crisis, said: “Given the number of high-profile cases of police violence, how are the identities of those accused of abusive behavior concealed in the public interest?”
A total of 672 officers and staff across England and Wales faced disciplinary investigations after being accused of sexual offenses or violence against women in the six-month period.
Another 524 public complaints were filed against 867 officers and staff. But shockingly, none of these complaints resulted in anyone being fired, and 91 percent of the reports resulted in no further action.
Now Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blythe, who leads the National Police in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), wants zero tolerance for criminal behaviour. She admitted that the scale of the alleged crimes is likely to be an underestimate because many victims are reluctant to come forward.
The senior officer also acknowledged that some of the defendants may be repeat offenders who have been excused by their superiors.
“It is appalling to hear that there are potential predators among us in policing and this I know will further shake this fragile trust,” she said.
Our recommendation to the government is to prevent anyone who has been warned or convicted from policing.
She said the forces must be “tougher in punishment” so that chiefs can remove perpetrators faster.
Inexplicably, four of the 43rd were unable to provide figures on complaints or misconduct by their officers.
On average, victims wait more than 80 days for a police complaint or misconduct issue to be resolved.
Of the disciplinary cases, 39 percent involved alleged inappropriate sexual conduct that included rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, soliciting prostitutes, and child sexual abuse material. Another 6 percent related to the exploitation of the position for a sexual purpose.
Of the complaints from the public, 63 percent of the accusations were about the use of force, 6 percent were about harassing behaviour, 6 percent were about sexual assault and 5 percent were about abuse of position to pursue a relationship. Andrea Simon, of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: ‘This data is just the tip of the iceberg, given that many women choose not to report violence against women to the police, and this will increase when the perpetrator is themselves a police officer. or employee.
Lifting the lid on police misconduct is part of efforts to tackle misogyny after scandals including the murder of Sarah Everard by Officer Wayne Cousins and the imprisonment of fellow rapist David Carrick.
Yesterday the Metropolitan Police announced plans to re-examine staff accused of breaching the public trust.
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