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Complaints of Rape, Sexual Assault/Misconduct

Question

I am seeking the total number of complaints of rape, sexual assault or other forms of sexual misconduct against police officers* and police staff* where the complainant is also a member of the police service. Please provide figures for the past five years if possible, whether calendar or financial years [whichever way they are collated].

Please include the most recent figures available for the past 12 months, even if it is not complete. [*For the avoidance of doubt, I request complaints made against officers, PCSOs, special constables, police staff and contractors to the force - either as direct employees or through employment agencies]

For each case please state if possible:

The gender and rank or grade of the officer or staff member

The nature of the alleged offence and any context if possible [whether it be harassing emails, sending inappropriate text messages, rape, indecent assault, indecent images etc].

The location where the alleged offence took place – i.e custody suite, police station etc

Whether the alleged misconduct took place on or off duty

The outcome of each investigation i.e. charges [pls state where convicted and provide name of the officer if possible], suspension, whether referred to the IPCC, dismissed, suspended, resigned, transferred etc

Amendment to request received:

For each case please state if possible: - The gender and rank or grade of the complainant [insofar as this is possible given identification issues]

Answer

Five complaints have been received against 3 individuals. All are males, ranks of PC, Sergeant and Superintendent. 

The complaints are all female. The grades of the complaints have been assessed for their suitability for disclosure however I feel this disclosure would identify the individuals. This part of the information is therefore exempt as it constitutes personal information. This is further explained below.

 

Case

Nature of Allegation

Location of offence

Offence on duty

Outcome

1

Sending inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature to the complainant

On & Off police premises

Yes

No case to answer

2

Case currently under investigation

 

 

 

3

Made inappropriate verbal comments of a sexual nature to the complainant and sent   text messages of a sexual nature to the same person.

On & Off police premises

Both On and Off-duty

No case to answer

4

Sexual advances made to the complainant resulting in a sexual relationship.

Off police premises

No

No case to answer

5

Sexual advances made to the complainant resulting in a sexual relationship.

Off police premises

Both On and Off-duty

No case to answer

 

In respect of case number 2 this complaint is still under investigation. As this is the only case not yet finalised to provide any further details would allow the identification of the individuals involved.

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

FOI Ref: 794/16

Date of Request: 08.06.16