Ten officers from North Wales Police have been found guilty of sexual misconduct over the past five years.
The offences were committed between 2010 and the present day. Six of these 10 officers were either dismissed from the force or resigned as a result of the investigation into them.
One male officer was dismissed in 2012 for attempting to rape a woman in her own home although it is not known if the officer was on duty at the time.
When the relative size of the police force is taken into account North Wales Police was above the national average in terms of the number of officers found to have committed a sexual offence.
As of March 2014 there were 1,464 officers employed by the force which means that over the five year period from 2010 to 2014, 6.8 out of every thousand officers were found guilty of sexual misconduct.
The average for all police forces was lower than this at 5.5 per every 1,000 officers.
Across Britain’s police forces 522 officers were found guilty of sexual misconduct and 252 of these officers subsequently went on to either lose their job or leave their job over the investigation into them.
The data, obtained from 39 out of the 44 police forces in England and Wales as well as Police Scotland, showed that officers were found guilty of a range of offences from having sex on duty to sexually abusing children.
Sexual misconduct complaints can be brought by both members of the public and police staff.
Speaking on behalf of the North Wales Force, Supt Andy Jenks-Gilbert, said “Such behaviour is unacceptable and North Wales Police has and will deal robustly with any such incidents. ”
One of the worst hit forces in terms of the seriousness of the offences was Humberside.
In 2011 both a male and a female officer were found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child on separate occasions.
Both left the force.
This comes a fortnight after a senior detective in Nottinghamshire Police force claimed that forces did not fully understand the problem of sexual predators within policing.
Detective Superintendent Jackie Alexander, said that senior leaders need to “open their minds” to the fact that “sexual predators” operate in British policing and that in some cases officers who are found guilty of sexual offences against victims – many of them vulnerable – represent the greatest abuse of power.
Alexander, head of Nottinghamshire Police’s Professional Standards Department (PSD), added that forces are nervous about the issue and, like many other organisations, fear the impact it has on their organisation.
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