Alleged sexual assault on 15 Cambridgeshire police officers

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The freedom of information (FoI) request showed that ten sexual assault allegations were made against those serving Cambridgeshire Police officers between 2016 and 2020.

Ten allegations refer to 15 officers, nine of whom are men and four are women, while the genders of two are unknown.

The data comes from a FoI request from RADAR, a data team at the PA news agency, asking forces in England, Wales and Scotland how many sexual assault complaints were filed against police officers on duty in each of these years.

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Figures from 31 police agencies across the country reveal that at least 750 charges were filed against police officers across the country between 2016 and 2020.

The data shows that the complaints may be related to historical allegations and that most of the places where sex is recorded are against male officers.

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Responses did not specify whether any of the police officers were on duty at the time of the alleged events.

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

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

At least one officer resigned before the impeachment hearing, and in one case the officer was listed as dead.

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

“We need to see a radical overhaul of how police respond to violence against women,” she said.

FoI from Radar comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel declared an independent investigation To investigate the “systematic failures” that allowed Sarah Everard’s murderer, Wayne Couzens, to be employed as a police officer.

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

Armed officer Couzens used the handcuffs and warrant card he gave the police to make a false arrest so he could abduct Ms. Everard, 33, before he raped and killed her.

The Coalition to End Violence Against Women, which includes groups such as Rape Crisis, Asylum and Women’s Aid, said very few officers had faced “meaningful consequences” for violence against women and girls.

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Deputy Director Denzi Uğur said: “We need to see a radical overhaul of how police respond to violence against women – especially within their ranks.

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

“Ultimately, we need to address these common institutional failings before we begin to address women’s trust in the police.”

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

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “As the public rightly expects, we take police integrity very seriously and have already taken steps to overhaul police complaints and disciplinary systems to increase transparency and accountability.”

Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Council of Chiefs of Police, welcomed the government’s independent investigation and said its review and professional standard procedures should be reviewed to restore public confidence.

“I think having an independent investigation is a very good way to get it addressed to really help us provide that assurance,” he added.

“Highest levels of integrity” required in Cambridgeshire Police

When asked about the ten allegations of sexual assault against those who served Cambridgeshire Police officers over the course of four years, the force’s superintendent, Nick Dean, said:Cambridgeshire Constabulary We demand the highest level of integrity from our officers and staff and take appropriate action when someone does not meet this standard.

“If allegations are made against our officers, a thorough investigation will be conducted by an independent force, regardless of who the perpetrator is.

“The Professional Standards Department (PSD) prioritizes sexual offense allegations against police officers.

“PSD, working with the IOPC, investigates officers whose conduct is, or is likely to violate, standards of professional conduct.”

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