Police Officers Preying On Vulnerable Victims For Sex

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Report reveals, Police officers preying on vulnerable victims for sex in ‘abhorrent’ abuse of position.

Paedophile police officer Ian Naude was not vetted.

Police officers are preying on victims and vulnerable people for sex in a “fundamental betrayal” of their public service, a new report has revealed.

A total of 415 allegations have been made against officers for “abusing their position for a sexual purpose” in three years, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said, but the true extent of the abuse is unknown.

The number of reported cases has been rising since 2016, but the watchdog said police forces are not doing enough to detect and root out the behaviour by their own officers and staff.

An inspection found that 13 per cent of the police workforce across England and Wales are not subject to up-to-date vetting, amounting to at least 35,000 people.

“We have been urging the police to act on this issue for some years now,” said HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham.

“I’ve been deeply disappointed to find that others have, after all this time, still not put some basic measures in place.”

The warning came after a police officer was jailed for raping a 13-year-old girl he met during a domestic incident at her home.

Ian Naude, 30, was not vetted when he transferred into Cheshire Police from another force, despite being a suspect in grooming allegations probed by Staffordshire and West Mercia Police.

“Had those other leads been followed, it’s possible that he would not have been a police officer,” Ms Billingham told a press briefing. “He joined the police to gain the keys to the sweet shop.”

Abuse of position for a sexual purpose is any behaviour by a police officer or police staff that takes advantage of their position “in order to pursue a sexual or improper emotional relationship with any member of the public”.

HMICFRS said the offenders were mainly men targeting women for sex, sexual favours in return for dropping penalties, unnecessary searches, inappropriate communications, or using police systems to gain personal details and pursue an improper relationship.

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