Police ‘abuse their position for sexual purposes’

A TOTAL of 12 reports of police personnel abusing their position for sexual purposes have been submitted to West Yorkshire Police over three years.

The figures, released via a Freedom of Information request, cover 2019, 2020 and 2021 and show that 11 of the reports were made by members of the public.

Three officers were fired from the force. A former officer witnessed a domestic incident and allegedly “had a sexual relationship with the female victim of this incident”.

Another officer witnessed an incident of antisocial disorder and allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments towards a woman involved, proposed to her for sex and arranged to meet her after her shift that evening.

In another case, a former officer witnessed a speech by a member of the public in the line of duty and “later had an intimate personal relationship with that individual.”

Results from all types of misconduct hearings show that eight people were summarily terminated; six would have been dismissed if they were still in service; three received a final written warning; one person was summarily dismissed but reinstated on appeal and received a final written warning and one person received a written warning which was overturned on appeal.

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