Final written warning for South Yorkshire Police officer over handling of rape allegation

A South Yorkshire Police officer has been issued with a final written warning over their handling of a rape allegation.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 12:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 12:59 pm

The officer appeared before a South Yorkshire Police misconduct panel last month following a complaint from a member of the public.

It was alleged that the officer, who has not been named, breached the standards of professional behaviour expected in that they failed to record a victim’s allegation of rape on South Yorkshire Police systems and failed to

adequately investigate the allegation.

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A South Yorkshire police officer has received a final written warning over their handling of a rape allegation (Photo: Getty)
A South Yorkshire police officer has received a final written warning over their handling of a rape allegation (Photo: Getty)

It was also alleged that the officer failed to take appropriate action to safeguard the victim from future harm from the alleged perpetrator.

South Yorkshire Police said the officer accepted failing to record and investigate the rape.

The third allegation, that the officer failed to take appropriate action to safeguard the victim, was found ‘proved’ after the hearing.

South Yorkshire Police said: “The chairman decided that the most appropriate outcome was a final written warning.”