Officers – Sexual Misconduct Allegations (165A/23)
How many officers in the force have faced sexual misconduct allegations since 1 January 2019?
Could this total be broken down by nature of allegation i.e. sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape?
Could the total figure be broken down by year and by current status i.e. ongoing investigation by professional standards, ongoing investigation by IOPC, awaiting misconduct hearing, officer received written warning, officer dismissed?
How many of the allegations have resulted in criminal charges?
Please find attached (165A_23_attachment.pdf).
At West Midlands Police, we take these matters extremely seriously and we want to be really clear that there is no place in policing for these behaviours.
Sexism and misogyny are simply unacceptable especially when it is done by a police officer who holds a position of power and someone the public should trust.
We are taking action to root out and take action against those who are misogynistic, racist or homophobic or who have disrespectful attitudes and behaviours, there is simply no place for this sort of individual in policing.
We want our officers to uphold the highest of standards so you have the utmost confidence in them.
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