Three years later, the London Police Department launched an investigation into allegations of rape by two female colleagues against a police officer. Despite the complaints, the police officer was not fired or tried. Compensation was paid to female police officers.
London Police Department officials now say they “take all allegations of domestic violence very seriously.”
An investigation by the BBC also revealed that the London Police Department was investigating whether the details of the women’s allegations had been leaked to the police at the time.
Illegalities will also be investigated
BBC correspondents have learned that the police, in conjunction with an independent non-profit investigative journalism bureau, will now investigate not only allegations but also irregularities in the handling of complaints.
The BBC is keeping the three identities secret in order to protect the accused women and the police officer’s suspicious position.
One of the women named “Holly” had an affair with a colleague who was older than her after she became a new police officer.
Holly explains that the person has become more and more aggressive over the months. One night in 2013, when he went out with his friends, he dragged himself by the hair and pushed himself on the dining table, and said, “Please stop, you’re upsetting me.” “I was in incredible pain, I couldn’t breathe,” he says, explaining that his ribs were broken.
Neighbors who heard voices and screams called the police, but Holly was afraid to complain.
Holly says she was raped the other day.
‘Became increasingly aggressive towards me’
The male police officer, who was targeted by the accusations, later had an affair with his second female colleague, whom we will call “Kate” in this article, and went to the same house with him. The process that follows is the same as that described by Holly.
“Kate” described how her relationship had been abused and raped for three years, when she was “beaten in her car” in the parking lot of a police building.
“From the fourth month of our relationship, he started treating me badly. He tried to kill me. He threw me next to the closet in my bedroom. Then he ran over me, grabbed me by the bed and started squeezing my throat.”
Shortly after this incident, “Kate” ended the relationship.
Two women meet and complain
A mutual friend introduced Holly and Kate and realized that the two women’s experiences were the same.
In 2017, a man filed a formal complaint alleging that he had been physically and sexually abused by a police officer.
Male police have denied the allegations, and after an investigation by the Essex Police Department, the Crown Prosecutor’s Office ruled that there was not enough evidence to prosecute in 2019.
“It was a really poorly executed investigation,” Holly said, adding that there was not enough evidence. He added that Essex police did not listen to all his complaints and did not detain the suspect in the process.
In response to these allegations, the Essex Police Department said it was conducting a thorough investigation. “The process could have been better,” he said.
When asked why the accused police officer was not arrested, he said, “Since the allegations were made some time ago, there was no connection between the victim and the suspect, so there was no immediate concern for protection.
Police, the target of the allegations, did not answer questions from the BBC.
Holly says she still lives in fear of meeting him at work.
‘Very weak support’
In 2020, the Crime Victims’ Compensation Organization (CICA) ruled that “police evidence shows you are a victim of sexual assault” and awarded the victim, Holly, one of the police women, 17,000 pounds.
Kate was reportedly a “victim of rape and assault and received 11,600 pounds in compensation.”
CICA is affiliated with the Ministry of Justice and has the power to decide on compensation for victims of violence, sexual assault and exploitation. However, these decisions can be made without looking for evidence in the standards of the Criminal Court.
A year after the CICA decision, the London Police Department decided to launch a disciplinary investigation against a police officer accused of rape and physical violence, but has not yet given a date. “We take the allegations of domestic violence very seriously and it will be right to assess this incident from all angles. We continue to support and assist the victims of this incident,” the statement said. It was also announced that the accused police were “removed from positions they could face the public.”
When asked why this person was not fired during this period, they replied that the criminal investigation did not necessarily require the dismissal of a police officer.
Holly, one of the complainant police officers, said that the way the London Police Department handled appeals at the local level was “terrible”.
“Small support was given and the process was very poorly managed,” Holly says.
Details of the investigation leaked to the suspect police
Police correspondence documents seen by the BBC show that the suspect was given the opportunity to defend himself against the charges.
“The steps taken by the investigation and the London Police Department are completely inadequate, deplorable and unfair to these women,” she said. Siobhan Crawford, a lawyer who specializes in cases of violence and sexual violence.
“It took a long time for the LLondra Police Department to take any action against this person. It sends a message to other women who are victims of domestic violence, ‘we say we will protect you, but it will take years and nothing will happen,’ she said.
Holly still loves the police, but says she “feels really bad” because of what they’ve been through. “But I still want to try and change something, because I don’t want others to live what I live. Because ‘Why do they treat me like that?’ you think crazy, “he said.
“I don’t trust the organization I work for,” Kate adds.