05/10/2021

39 Police Officers Internally Investigated For Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Thirty nine police officers have been internally investigated for alleged sexual misconduct in the last five years, according to information released by the PSNI
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The information, released under a Freedom of Information request, revealed that four complaints have been upheld, with two officers being dismissed. However, according to reports, the PSNI have said that this figure does not account for "matters which are still ongoing", which "may yet result in an allegation being upheld, and a formal sanction being administered".

According to a report by the Belfast Telegraph, four officers were investigated in 2016/17, five were investigated in 2017/18, seven in 2018/19, 13 were investigated in 2019/20 and 10 in 2020/21.

Speaking to BBC News NI, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said that these allegations are a "key priority" for the police service and that they are "committed to continuously reviewing and improving our approach to investigations".

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