10 sex at­tack al­le­ga­tions by po­lice probed by force

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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

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