Nine out of ten complaints about violent treatment by police officers towards women were not addressed by law enforcement in England and Wales over a period of six months, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Council of Police Chiefs (NPCC).
Between October 2021 and March 2022, that council, which represents police chiefs from various law enforcement agencies in the UK, observed that 1,539 officers were involved in alleged violent conduct against women and girls.
In most cases, law enforcement failed to take action against police officers accused of violent attitudes towards women and girls, according to this NPCC report, which points out that the true numbers may be even higher.
Among the complaints are the use of force, harassment and to a lesser extent sexual assaulthighlights the NPCC, and admits that only one in every hundred agents involved have been fired.
This analysis was carried out after cases of assaults by police officers came to light, including that of Sarah Everardthe young British woman who was raped and murdered by agent Wayne Couzensof the London Metropolitan Police, in March 2021.
“We need to be more severe with the penalties that we are imposing on anyone who is reported to have this type of behavior,” said the deputy police chief. Maggie BlythNPCC coordinator for violence against women and girls.
“Our release today reinforces the urgency and importance of our ongoing mission to root out abusers and corrupt individuals from policing,” he added.
Blyth mentioned as complaints, in addition to strength, sexual comments, authoritarian behavior and sexual assault.
“The vast majority of officers and staff are professional and committed, but I know it is shocking to hear about potential predators in the police force,” he stressed.
Police chiefs hope to publish these types of statistics each year as part of efforts to address the misogyny in police activity after the Sarah Everard case, which caused a strong scandal in the United Kingdom.
(With information from EFE)
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