This new documentary in ITV’s award-winning Exposure current affairs strand uncovers widespread sexual abuse by police officers of female victims of crime.
Across England and Wales, a police or community support officer is convicted or dismissed for sexual misconduct every five days. This programme talks to women who have been victims of predatory police officers, speaking out about their ordeals.
Despite strict rules governing how officers deal with victims of crime, hundreds of officers have ignored those rules and used their positions of power to abuse the very women they have been sent to help – including victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking.
Exposure has discovered some police forces fail to properly vet their staff for the job, while some have failed to listen to women who have been targeted.
Reporter Robin Aitken speaks to senior police officials to find out what’s stopping forces from rooting out predatory policeman, and why the size of the problem has remained hidden for so long.
Exposure: Predator Police Uncovered – Tuesday at 10.45pm on ITV.