Eight Humberside Police officers accused of sexual misconduct

Eight Humberside Police officers have been accused of sexual misconduct in four years, new figures show.

Data obtained by the Freedom of Information Act has revealed the extent of allegations made against serving police officers across the country, with hundreds of complaints made to forces nationwide between 2016 and 2020.

In this period, eight claims relating to sexual misconduct were made against officers for Humberside Police, the figures show.

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Humberside Police currently has 4,163 staff, with a senior police official stating eight sexual misconduct accusations is nevertheless “one too many”.

No details have been given as how many male or female officers these claims involved – nor how many officers they involved overall, as more than one allegation could in theory be made against one officer.

The figures also do not disclose whether the officers in question were on duty at the time of the alleged misconduct.

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It comes as the data revealed a catalogue of more than 750 sexual misconduct allegations made to 31 police forces across England and Wales over the four-year period.

The real figure is likely to be much higher, as not all of the country’s 43 police forces responded to the request.

Findings from the data follows mounted concerns about women’s safety after serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens was jailed for the rest of his life for the murder of Sarah Everard in south London.

A court heard Couzens had arrested Sarah while she was walking home from visiting a friend in March, before raping and murdering her.

Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service

One of Humberside’s most senior serving officers has now re-iterated that misogyny and violence against women was rife in society, and that police officers were not “in a vacuum” away from this.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “At Humberside Police we expect the highest standards from all of our 4,163 strong workforce.

“Where allegations are made against any officer or staff member, we will take all necessary steps to ensure a complete investigation.

“One allegation of sexual harassment by an officer or member of staff against anyone is one too many and we would ensure a complete and proper investigation is carried out to acquire the facts of the allegations.

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, there are various ways you can report it to the police.

You can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, or by speaking to a charity or a health specialized and asking them to report the offence.

Or you can report directly by the 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.

“I would reiterate the words of Chief Constable Lee Freeman in saying, ‘Misogyny & VaWG (Violence against Women and Girls) exists in society and in policing – we are not in a vacuum. Things must change across the whole Criminal Justice System, but we must hear what is being said re policing and do more’.

ACC Noble additional: “I will stand by any one of our officers or staff members who after investigation have been found to be innocent, however I will stand with the rest of the police community and nation in upholding the law against those who are found to have committed any offence, be that of a sexual character or otherwise.”

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