1st October 2019

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has stated in a recent report that Police Forces must do more to root out sexual predators.

The report highlighted the case of Ian Naude who became a Police Officer and went on to rape a 13 year old girl.

The Inspectorate referred to vetting being the first line of defence for Forces but stated more than 10% (which is an estimated 35,000 persons) within the Police workforce do not have up to date vetting.

The report also referred to the case of West Midlands Officer Palvinder Singh who sent sexual messages to vulnerable victims and contacted prostitutes while at work.  P.C. Palvinder Singh was jailed for 14 months.  It is reported one of his victims said she did not expect Singh “to come into work and treat his job as a dating agency”.  Whilst on duty Singh made contact with an escort while in Police uniform and sent naked pictures of himself to two women, including one of him beside his Police locker at Smethwick Police Station.

The Inspectorate stated most victims are women and commented “too often their abuser… play the role of the knight in shining armour”.  The report referred to deficiencies in Forces passing intelligence between themselves when Police Officers move to a new Force which results in predators who “get wind” of a complaint running before they are caught.

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