Of­fi­cer was ‘rude and dis­mis­sive’ in rape in­quiry

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A WEST York­shire Po­lice of­fi­cer was ‘dis­mis­sive and rude’ to­wards a woman who claimed she had been raped, a po­lice watch­dog has been told.

The woman made re­peated at­tempts over a two-day pe­riod in June 2017 to re­port to po­lice that she had been raped, ac­cord­ing to the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC).

She al­leged that, dur­ing this time, a num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers with whom she had con­tact failed to deal with her com­plaints ap­pro­pri­ately.

The Force’s safe­guard­ing unit re­ferred the mat­ter to the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment who made a ‘con­duct re­fer­ral’ to the IOPC in re­la­tion to three po­lice of­fi­cers.

One of­fi­cer was later given a writ­ten warn­ing, while a sec­ond of­fi­cer re­tired be­fore a mis­con­duct hear­ing could be held.

In a re­port pub­lished this week, the IOPC said: “Dur­ing the course of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the woman made spe­cific al­le­ga­tions that one of these of­fi­cers had been dis­mis­sive of her com­plaints of rape and been rude to­wards her.

“Dur­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we in­ter­viewed or ob­tained ac­counts from two sub­ject of­fi­cers (a third had re­tired from the po­lice and de­clined to pro­vide a re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions).

“We also gath­ered a num­ber of wit­ness state­ments from other po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“We ex­am­ined au­dio record­ings of Air­wave ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, along with doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence.

“We found no in­di­ca­tion that any per­son serv­ing with the po­lice may have com­mit­ted a crim­i­nal of­fence, but did find that there was suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence upon which a rea­son­able tri­bunal, prop­erly di­rected, could find a case to an­swer for mis­con­duct in re­spect of one serv­ing of­fi­cer and the re­tired of­fi­cer, had he still been serv­ing with West York­shire Po­lice.

“We found that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence in re­spect of the other of­fi­cer.

“West York­shire Po­lice agreed that, had the re­tired of­fi­cer still been serv­ing, they would have had a case to an­swer for mis­con­duct.

“They also agreed that the serv­ing of­fi­cer had a case to an­swer. The of­fi­cer at­tended a mis­con­duct meet­ing in au­tumn 2018, where they re­ceived a writ­ten warn­ing.”

The Ex­am­iner has asked West York­shire Po­lice to com­ment on the IOPC re­port.

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