APCC Transparency and Integrity Portfolio Lead, Julia Mulligan PCC, and Deputy Lead, Dame Vera Baird PCC, said
“We welcome this Report, which clearly sets out that whilst impressive work has been undertaken to tackle the abuse of position for a sexual purpose within the police service, there is clearly more to do and PCCs will want to redouble their efforts to hold forces to account to ensure this unacceptable behaviour is rooted out.
“It is vital that the right processes are in place to protect the public, especially vulnerable people, such as victims, to prevent police officers from abusing their positions in this way and proactively identify where there is corruption of this type.
“Whilst instances of this type of abuse are thankfully rare, when they do occur they totally undermine the public’s trust in the service. The public need to be confident that the police officers in our communities are acting with the utmost integrity and PCCs will continue to work alongside their Chief Constables to ensure that this work is advanced.”