Two West Midlands Police officers and a special constable are charged with rape in separate incidents over three-year period
- One PC charged with rape in June this year while second officer charged with rape in October 2019 and special constable in April 2019
- Three rape charges against the West Midlands officers were confirmed in a Freedom of Information request which was initially rejected by the force
- Comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens, 48, was jailed for life for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard
Two West Midlands Police officers and a special constable have been charged with rape in unconnected cases it emerged today.
The three suspects have been accused of the sexual offences in separate incidents between October 2018 and October 1 this year.
One PC was charged with rape in June this year while a second officer was charged with rape in October 2019.
Two West Midlands Police officers and a special constable have been charged with rape in unconnected cases, it emerged today (West Midlands Police HQ above)
A special constable was charged in April 2019.
The three accused are due to face separate trials at later dates.
Meanwhile, again in an unconnected case, a fourth West Midlands Police officer was found not guilty of rape earlier this year following a trial.
The three rape charges against the West Midlands officers were confirmed in a Freedom of Information request which was initially rejected by the force.
When that decision was questioned the force confirmed 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 fulfil the original request, staff would need to go through each record individually – a task that would take many, many hours and far exceed the time limitations set out in the Freedom of Information Act – in order to satisfy the request.
‘We have been able to retrieve some information by reducing the search parameters from the original request, namely the number of officers charged with rape over the last three years.
‘We recognise the importance of providing data and information to the public and, when we’re not able to, we understand this can affect the confidence that people have in the police.
‘Significant work is ongoing in our Professional Standards department to reconfigure the system to enable us to collate information in the future in a more readily retrievable format, as we recognise that these limitations don’t help build trust.
‘In recent months where we’ve received specific requests for data on officer misconduct, those are all available for the public to view on our FOI disclosure web page.’
The news comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens (above), 48, was jailed for life for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard
The news comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens, 48, was jailed for life for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
Former Metropolitan Police officer Couzens had abducted Miss Everard, 33, off the streets of London after reportedly stopping her for Covid breaches during lockdown.
He was given a whole life term for the rape and murder and was labelled a ‘coward’ by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.
After Couzens was jailed, West Midlands Police Chief Constable David Thompson told officers in his blog that policing was not a ‘boys’ club’ and that men needed to bring about change to tackle violence against women.
The police chief admitted ‘societal attitudes and behaviours’ are present in policing and added: ‘We have run a project to tackle sexual harassment within WMP because it is needed as it happens too often.’
In a direct message to officers at Lloyd House, CC Thompson said: ‘We all need to do more.
‘After a dreadful weekend, can I ask us all to set out a personal ambition to make policing an exemplar for the right attitudes and approaches to women.’