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169 officers are being investigated for sexual offences including rape

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Newly released figures show 169 police officers and support staff in Britain are being investigated for inappropriate sexual behavior.

The figures obtained under Freedom of Information regulations show London is the hub of police misconduct with 47 personnel facing inquiries, 36 for sexual assault and 11 for inappropriate sexual conduct.

The allegations under investigation across the country include sexual assault, other sexual misconduct, indecent sexual behavior at work and possession of inappropriate images.

The revelations were made at a high level police meeting in Chester.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said cases of 31 offenders are now in process.

“While these cases are rare, each of them is a fundamental abuse of power, and therefore seriously undermines public trust,” IPCC chair Dame Anne Owers said.

“The IPCC has 31 ongoing investigations into abuse of powers cases, the majority of which are being supervised by our corruption team,” she added.

Two recent case of the police sexual misconduct have seriously embarrassed the police over the past month.

Last week, a 42-year-old Criminal Investigation Officer was convicted of two separate sexual assaults on women who came to him to report crimes.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old Detective Constable was given 12 months in jail last month for molesting a distressed woman in her house and asking another in her own kitchen for sex after she called the police to report a theft.

 

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Police Will Be Able To Read Everyone’s Internet Search History Under New Plan

UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country.

Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”

“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.

It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and Internet communication.

Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.

MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

“I’ve said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers and the oversight arrangements that govern them without also considering the threats that we face as a country,” May said.

“They include not just terrorism from overseas and home-grown in the UK, but also industrial, military and state espionage.They include not just organized criminality, but also the proliferation of once physical crimes online, such as child sexual exploitation. And the technological challenges that that brings. In the face of such threats we have a duty to ensure that the agencies whose job it is to keep us safe have the powers they need to do the job,” she added.

 

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