Nine South Yorkshire police officers disciplined over sexual misconduct

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Nine South Yorkshire police officers have been disciplined following allegations of sexual misconduct made by colleagues.

Allegations were made between 2010 and March this year, according to details released under the Freedom of Information Act.

In 2012 a PC was dismissed from the force over allegations he sexually assaulted a female colleague on more than one occasion.

That same year a PCSO was dismissed for ‘demonstrating inappropriate sexual behaviour towards female staff colleagues’.

One PC resigned in 2010 ahead of a misconduct hearing he was to face following claims he repeatedly used ‘inappropriate sexual language to female colleagues’.

That same year a complaint was made against a sergeant after an officer took offence at an ‘inappropriate picture’ on his mobile phone.

Another police officer was reported to bosses for sending ‘sexually suggestive’ text messages to a colleague.

Detective Superintendent Terry Mann, head of the South Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “The vast majority of officers act with integrity at all times, serving the public of South Yorkshire with distinction.

“When an officer falls below the high standards we expect, whether while interacting with the public or colleagues, the force will take decisive action.

“Where sufficient evidence of a criminal nature exists then charges will always be considered in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

“South Yorkshire Police is committed to being open and transparent and if officers are dismissed this will be publicised on the force website.

“This is a proud force of professional, hard working and dedicated people who demonstrate the highest standards in policing South Yorkshire.”