The number of police officers and staff investigated over sex allegations has risen 600% since 2016.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct released the data and warned those who abused their position for sexual purposes had “no place in policing and will be found out”.

In 2020, the IOPC investigated 70 sex claims, compared to just 10 in 2016.

Between April 2018 and March 2021, 66 police staff faced disciplinary proceedings after being investigated over sex claims and misconduct was proven in 63.

Of 52 who faced gross misconduct proceedings, 38 are no longer serving and have been barred from working in policing.

Sarah Everard was killed by Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens (



In the same period, seven police officers or staff were also prosecuted for criminal offences, leading to six convictions, of which three led to an immediate jail sentence.

The IOPC’s Claire Bassett said: “This kind of behaviour is an appalling abuse of the public’s trust.”

Wayne Couzens, 48, is serving life for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, 33, while he was a Met officer.

It was reported earlier today that a package of measures aimed at preventing crime will form part of Rishi Sunak ’s budget on Wednesday - with a focus on violent offences against women.

The £435m package will beef up CCTV, street lighting and sexual offence prosecutions.

The Chancellor is expected to say that he has earmarked £355 million for measures such as improved street lighting and better CCTV, with a further £80 million going to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The announcement may be welcomed as an increasing number of women share horrific stories of being spiked by injections in nightclubs.

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