Sgt ‘abused pow­ers’ THE po­lice watch­dog is over­see­ing a probe into al­le­ga­tions that two Mersey­side po­lice of­fi­cers abused their po­si­tions to sex­u­ally ex­ploit women.

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By KIM PILLING news@sun­daysport.co.uk

One in­ves­ti­ga­tion will ex­am­ine claims a sergeant threat­ened to ar­rest a woman while on pa­trol in Liver­pool un­less she per­formed a sex act on him, said the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC).

The sergeant is also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over the han­dling of po­lice prop­erty. The sec­ond in­ves­ti­ga­tion will look at al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing a de­tec­tive con­sta­ble who is said to have asked a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to per­form a sex act on him, and then con­tin­ued to con­tact her in an in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner over a pro­longed pe­riod of time.


In a state­ment, the IPCC revealed: “Both in­ves­ti­ga­tions will look at other po­ten­tial vic­tims and ex­am­ine whether Mersey­side Po­lice has ad­e­quate sys­tems to iden­tify of­fi­cers abus­ing their pow­ers for sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

“IPCC Com­mis­sioner James Dip­ple-John­stone will over­see both of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“The of­fi­cers have been sus­pended from duty by Mersey­side Po­lice.”

The IPCC added that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions will be car­ried out by Mersey­side Po­lice under its di­rec­tion and con­trol.

In its own state­ment, Mersey­side Po­lice said: “As the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing, it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment any fur­ther at this time.

“Mersey­side Po­lice is ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to the high­est in­tegrity and most pro­fes­sional stan­dards of its of­fi­cers at all times.

“In Novem­ber last year the Po­lice In­tegrity And Cor­rup­tion re­port by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary found that the force takes is­sues of po­lice in­tegrity and cor­rup­tion very se­ri­ously.

“The re­port stated that se­nior of­fi­cers of the force have been proac­tive in tak­ing im­por­tant mes­sages to the work­force and in de­vel­op­ing a cli­mate in which pro­fes­sional be­hav­iour is en­cour­aged and val­ued.”

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