Revealed: 1,500 police officers and staff accused of abusing women in just six months – but only 13 sacked

Under 1 per cent of decided cases have seen officers dismissed so far, new figures show

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Tuesday 14 March 2023 06:03 GMT

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More than 1,500 police officers and staff were accused of abusing women, including rape and sexual harassment, over a six-month period, but less than 1 per cent have so far been sacked, new figures show.

Statistics collected for the first time from police forces across England and Wales show that only a quarter of misconduct investigations were concluded within the period, and just 13 people were dismissed.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) did not provide a full breakdown of the allegations made against police officers but said they included rape, sexual harassment, abuse of position for a sexual purpose, and domestic violence.

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