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Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Police Officers and Staff

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 a member of the public. 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:

a) Whether the complainant was a victim of crime, witness to crime, or other category

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

c) 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].

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

e) Whether the alleged misconduct took place on or off duty

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

Answer

The information requested is attached.

The detail concerning the complainant requested in question a) is not recorded in that way.

I do however feel enough detail has been provided in the nature of the allegation in the majority of cases, that would allow you to decipher this for yourself.

In respect of case number 17 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 reference: 1140/16.

Date of request: 13.09.16.

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