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April 06, 2023 | Sexual Offences

Reference: F-2023-00519


I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
To clarify, I want to detail what I take each of the following to mean:
- inappropriate behaviour- conduct that is unwarranted and reasonably interpreted as demeaning or offensive. Persistent, repeated inappropriate behaviour can become harassment and thereby become disruptive, and subject to treatment as “behaviour.”
- misogyny- dislike, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women
- sexism- prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination against women based on sex
- predatory behaviour- any conduct evidencing egregious, habitual or continuing attempt to misuse power, authority, position or situation to abuse or exploit others, as well as deliberate attempts to entrap or entice church workers to commit Sexual Misconduct.
- incident(s)- an individual occurrence or event, one or numerous times.
- sexual undertone- Brought on by either visual or verbal stimulus a sexual undertone is a gesture that can be taken as casual but also sexual or can be something that you say that could be applicable to sex but isn't openly talked about as so.
- aggression- the feeling of anger or antipathy resulting in hostile or violent behaviour.
- physical abuse- Physical abuse is when someone hurts or harms someone on purpose
- emotional abuse- non-physical behaviours that are meant to control, isolate, or frighten a person.
- flirting- to behave in a manner as though sexually attracted to someone.
- verbal abuse- a range of words or behaviours used to manipulate, intimidate, and maintain power and control over someone.
- sexual abuse- sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without explicit consent of the victim.
- sexual harassment- includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
- preventative measure- prevention method.

The information I request to receive will be anything on the following topics/questions:

Request 1
As a police force, how many incidents have been reported to you of a police officer(s) inappropriate behaviour towards a woman (whether staff/colleagues, suspects, victims, or members of the public)?

Request 2
How many complaints have your police force received of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman (whether staff/colleagues, suspects, victims or member of the public)?

Request 3
How many of those complaints/reports were about inappropriate behaviour of a police officer(s) including sexual undertones, sexual context, aggression, physical behaviour, emotional abuse, flirting, verbal abuse, sexual abuse misogynistic behaviour, sexism, predatory behaviour and sexual harassment?

Request 4
How many of these complaints/reports were investigated by your police force?

Request 5
How many of these complaints/reports were investigated by another body outside of your police force?

Request 6
If so, as a result of the investigations, what was recommended for improvements?

Request 7
As a result of these complaints/reports, what has your police force put in place (may it be a preventative measure)?

Request 8
What education has your police force had, including its employers, on misogyny, sexism, and predatory behaviour?

Clarification Sought
What period of time are you looking the information for?

Clarification Received
The time period will be post 2020.

Sexual Offences