HMICFRS have released their report regarding their assessment of Abuse of Position for a Sexual Purpose.
Barry Coppinger, Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "police officers often find themselves in positions of power, especially when dealing with vulnerable people. It is therefore essential that they demonstrate the highest standards of ethical behaviour and that robust action is taken if they do not.
"the HMI has stated how pleased he is with the progress the force has made in this area.
"His conclusions are a further vote of confidence for Cleveland police officers and staff and for the programme of change put in place by the chief constable and my office.
"I have decided to release the letter the HMI sent to me so the public can be confident of the progress being made in this area."
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "We take these issues, as do all police forces, very seriously and have put in place a programme of work which focuses on three key areas; namely prevention, intervention and protection. As part of this we are currently rolling out a series of 13 road shows for officers and staff to raise awareness of the issue and we are working with partner agencies who deal with vulnerable victims to do the same.
"We are also implementing an annual integrity health check, of which this forms an important element, as well as reviewing and updating internal and external vetting processes and we are working closely with regional forces to share good practice. As a matter of course we are also working to ensure that all reports of abuse are referred to the IPCC for external scrutiny at the earliest opportunity."
HMICFRS Assessment: Abuse of Position for a Sexual Purpose
Posted on Thursday 5th October 2017