Police forces across the country have been under pressure to rid their ranks of rapists and abusers after a series of scandals laid bare forces’ failures to prevent violent men from being employed as officers.

Most recently, the case of David Carrick, a Metropolitan Police Officer who was found guilty of 24 counts of rape, prompted Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley to confess there were “hundreds” of officers who needed to be kicked out of the force.

Newly released figures have now revealed that over 1,500 police officers across England and Wales were accused of violence against women within a six month period.

Here’s what we’ve learned from the data:

How many officers have been accused of violent offences against women?

Data from the National Police Chiefs’ Councils (NPCC), covering the period between October 2021 and April 2022, has revealed that 1,483 unique allegations of violence were made by women and girls against 1,539 police officers – 0.7 per cent of the workforce.

This includes 653 conduct cases against 672 individuals that were flagged as relating to violence against women and girls by police forces in England and Wales, as well as the British Transport Police.

In the same period, 524 public complaints cases against 867 individuals were recorded.

Just 13 officers have faced the sack for their conduct

Less than one per cent of the 1,539 police officers who have faced complaints about their treatment of women have lost their job, the figures the show.

Of the 653 conduct cases during this period, 167 have been resolved, with 13 officers and staff sacked. These cases involved 195 separate allegations, of which 70 per cent resulted in no further action.

Meanwhile, 290 of the 524 public complaints have been resolved, with 91 per cent resulting in no further action and no officers or staff sacked.

Why is this data being published?

The NPCC is publishing this data for the first time today as part of an attempt to address sexism and misogyny within the police following a series of scandals.

This includes the murder of Sarah Everard, who was killed by serving police officer Wayne Couzens in March 2021, and the Carrick case.

Both Carrick and Couzens were found to have committed multiple offences before finally being arrested. In the case of Carrick, the Met failed to sack the officer despite nine separate complaints of harassment and sexual abuse.

The Met and NPCC have vowed to take action following the scandals and have committed to ridding the police of abusers.

NPCC has said the newly released figures will provide a “critical baseline” on which they will aim to improve.

How has the police responded to the latest figures?

Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, NPCC co-ordinator for violence against women and girls, said: “We need to be harsher in the sanctions that we are imposing upon anyone where there are allegations of this type of behaviour, whether it’s from a police complaint or whether it’s from internal misconduct.”

She said she believes the figures will be even higher when the NPCC publishes the data again next year with “women having the confidence to report concerns, more investigations under way, more cases closed and more sanctions and dismissals”.

On Monday, the Met announced plans to re-vet officers and staff who are accused of breaking public trust.

Fresh vetting could be triggered in circumstances including at the end of a criminal investigation or misconduct proceedings that lead to written warnings or a demotion, the force said.

Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs said: “Victims and survivors need to see that robust action is being taken by the police as confidence remains at an all-time low, and I welcome this report by the NPCC.

“It shows that forces are taking steps in the right direction to tackle perpetrators within the police as well as addressing sexism and misogyny within policing.

“There is still a long way to go.”

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