Two West Midlands police officers and a special agent are charged with rape in separate incidents over a three-year period
- One PC charged with rape in June this year, while second officer was charged with rape in October 2019 and special agent in April 2019
- Three charges of rape against West Midlands officers were confirmed in a freedom of information request, which was initially rejected by police
- Comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens, 48, was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard
Two West Midlands Police officers and a special agent have been charged with rape in unrelated cases that emerged today.
The three suspects were accused of the sexual offenses in various incidents between October 2018 and 1 October this year.
One PC was charged with rape in June this year, while a second agent was charged with rape in October 2019.
Two West Midlands Police officers and a special agent have been charged with rape in unrelated cases, it emerged today (West Midlands Police HQ above)
A special agent was charged in April 2019.
The three suspects will have to appear before separate trials at a later date.
Meanwhile, again in an unrelated case, a fourth West Midlands police officer was found not guilty of rape after trial earlier this year.
The three charges of rape against the West Midlands officers were confirmed in a freedom of information request, which was initially rejected by police.
When that decision was questioned, the police confirmed the details of the cases.
West Midlands Police said: ‘The data requested in the original Freedom of Information Request is not currently held in an electronically retrievable format.
“To comply with the original request, staff would have to go through each file individually – a task that would take many, many hours and far exceed the time limits set out in the Freedom of Information Act – to comply with the request.” comply.
“We were able to extract some information by reducing the search parameters of the original request, which is the number of officers charged with rape in the past three years.
“We recognize the importance of providing data and information to the public and failing to do so understands that it could undermine people’s trust in the police.
“A lot of work is underway in our Professional Standards Department to reconfigure the system so that we can collect information in a more easily retrievable format in the future, as we recognize that these limitations do not help build trust.
“In recent months, we have received specific requests for data on agent misconduct, all of which are available for the public to view on our FOI disclosure webpage.”
The news comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens (above), 48, was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard
The news comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens, 48, was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
Former Metropolitan Police officer Couzens had abducted Miss Everard, 33, from the streets of London after allegedly restraining her for Covid breaches during the lockdown.
He was given a life sentence for the rape and murder and was labeled a “coward” by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.
After Couzens was jailed, West Midlands Police Chief David Thompson told officers in his blog that policing was not a “boys’ club” and that men needed to make changes to tackle violence against women.
The police chief admitted that ‘societal attitudes and behaviors’ are present in the police force and added: ‘We have carried out a project to tackle sexual harassment within WMP because it is necessary, because it is too common.’
In a direct message to Lloyd House agents, CC Thompson said: “We all need to do more.
“After a terrible weekend, may I ask all of us to express a personal ambition to make the police an example for the right attitude and approach to women.”