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North Yorkshire Makes Number of Police Officers Who Have Been Accused of Domestic Abuse Public.
The number of North Yorkshire Police officers who have had sexual misconduct allegations made against them has been made public.
It comes after national statistics on police-on-women and girls were released on Tuesday by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the College of Policing.
All numbers provided are for the time period beginning October 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2022.
There were a total of five complaints/conduct cases at that time in North Yorkshire, with eleven allegations levelled against five different people.
When something is "police perpetrated," it means it was committed by an officer.
The extent of violence against women and girls will be evaluated in a national danger assessment next month.
After scandals like the murder of Sarah Everard, a resident of York, by serving officer Wayne Couzens and the exposure of PC David Carrick as a habitual sex offender, these steps are part of an effort to combat misogyny in the police force.
North Yorkshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: "Our job is to protect people from violence and bring perpetrators to justice."
“We cannot possibly have, and do not want, anyone in our ranks that is a perpetrator of this behaviour."
“And I know I speak for the vast majority of the dedicated officers and staff of North Yorkshire Police who are equally concerned about such behaviour among their colleagues. It is vital that our communities have the utmost trust in the people tasked with protecting them."
“The fact that four out of the five cases highlighted have been uncovered through internal processes, and just one reported by a member of the public, should give an amount of reassurance that our internal processes are effective and underpin our belief that the majority of our workforce act with integrity and recognise unacceptable behaviour when it occurs."
“However, we are not complacent and know that more needs to be done to deal with these unacceptable behaviours and to ensure that we deserve the trust of the public. Five cases are five too many.
“We have taken a number of measures to improve our already robust vetting process to root out those people who are not fit to serve.”
He explained that the department has just taken the reins of a pilot programme that compares all of the agency's vetted employees to the Police National Database (PND) on a monthly basis. The purpose of this procedure is to notify the Vetting Unit and Professional Standards Department of any engagement with law enforcement outside of North Yorkshire.
Government inspectors have recently brought attention to this strategy by recommending that all armies implement the PND. As of right now, this plan must be used by all armed forces around the country.
“We are also one of the few forces that handle complaints independently through the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s office to provide an additional level of scrutiny,” Dep Ch Con Hussain said.
“The vast majority of our officers and staff are honest, hardworking and act with integrity. However, when misconduct is found, we will take action. We encourage anyone who has any concerns about the behaviour of an officer or staff member they have come into contact with, to please report it to us.”