Over 300 police officers are accused of using their positions to sexually exploit their victims. The Watchdog was asked by the former Home Secretary Theresa May, to fully investigate the extent of the problem at the beginning of this year. The figures were gathered over the last two years to the end of March.
The report says that “306 officers, 20 PCSOs and eight police staff were involved in 436 reported allegations.” The data shows that all but one constabulary in the UK had received a minimum of one allegation, and almost 40% of the accusations involved victims of domestic abuse.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary commented that this “abuse of authority for sexual gain was now the most serious form of corruption facing police in England and Wales.”
HM Inspector Mr Cunningham, who led the review, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is the most serious corruption problem in the sense that it is the ultimate betrayal of trust, where the guardian becomes the abuser.” Mr Cunningham also said “people such as former Northumbria officer Stephen Mitchell, who is serving two life sentences for serious sexual offences including rape, were clearly predators.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has described the Watchdog report as “shocking”. She said “It undermines justice and public confidence and there is no place in the police for anyone guilty of this sort of abuse.” She has met the College of Policing and the NPCC to discuss the actions needed now to tackle the problem.
Jordans are currently representing a large number of clients who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. If you would like assistance in pursuing a claim, we would urge you to contact us.