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Police investigated on sex charges

Issue No. 2366

British police forces are investigating 169 of their own officers and support staff for predatory sexual behaviour.

Senior police chiefs met in Chester last week to discuss officers who make inappropriate sexual advances or assault vulnerable women, often victims of crime.

Many of the alleged victims went to the police because they had suffered domestic violence, rape or sexual assault.

The 169 face charges ranging from rape to voyeurism. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is only involved in 18 percent of the cases.

Debaleena Dasgupta, a lawyer representing women who have been raped or sexually assaulted by police officers, spoke to the Guardian newspaper. 

She said, “If these cases are being investigated by the police themselves, then victims are going to get anxious. 

“The IPCC may not have perfect resources but they should be fighting for them in order to investigate these kinds of cases.”

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Tue 13 Aug 2013, 16:11 BST
Issue No. 2366
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