10 sex attack allegations by police probed by force
WEST Midlands Police are investigating ten sex attack allegations against its officers. The force has received 34 complaints of abuse against serving police officers since January 2015, new Freedom of Information figures have revealed.
Of those, three were upheld by the Independent Police Complaints Commission watchdog, while ten investigations are still ongoing.
A total of 20 complaints were with- drawn, dismissed or disapplied by the force, while one was subject of a “local resolution”.
The cases include that of disgraced PC Steve Walters, jailed in October last year for sexually assaulting two “vulnerable” women while on duty.
Stafford Crown Court heard that one victim was attacked in the back of a police patrol car and the other in her own home – after she had dialled 999 asking for police assistance.
The attacks took place on February 8 and April 15 last year.
Walters, 48, was jailed for four years and dismissed by West Midlands Police for gross misconduct.
Judge Paul Glenn told Walters: “The public are entitled to have faith in police officers and trust them in the discharge in their powers and responsibility which are considerable. You exploited that trust.”
After the case, West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson apologised on behalf of the force for Walters’ actions.
“PC Walters has engaged in criminal activity that has shocked me.
“In 26 years’ police service this is one of the worst violations of policing integrity I have ever seen.”
> PC Steve Walters