We'll Crackdown on Sex Predator Police Officers; Force Set to Increase Vetting after 50 Cases in Last Two Years
Byline: WESLEY JOHNSON
POLICE are to be vetted more heavily when dealing with vulnerable people after a watchdog said too many officers and staff took sexual advantage of people they should have been helping.
More than 50 cases over the last two years showed corrupt behaviour by officers which was considered to be sexual exploitation or assault of members of the public, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.
It called for more vetting of UK officers in specific situations, such as those dealing with vulnerable people, and for a code of conduct to set out expected behaviour . The report, Abuse of Police Powers to Perpetrate Sexual Violence, found 54 cases of officers or staff trying to form sexual relationships with people they ought to have been helping between April 2009 and March last year in Wales and England. It is not known whether any cases were in North Wales and the regional force were unavailable for comment yesterday.
The IPCC report went on: "There is no evidence to suggest Life sentence Stephen it is commonplace, but nor can we be confident that all such cases are reported.
"There are considerable inconsistencies in the referral of corruption cases in general to the IPCC by different police forces. It is therefore possible that the true figure is higher."
Allegations about colleagues were excluded from the figure, as were complaints after a police search in custody. "Nevertheless it is highly likely that there are connections and overlap between these kinds of abuse and further work will be required to explore this," the IPCC added. …