Assault charges made against police officers

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Dear West Yorkshire Police,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to ask that you please disclose details of sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct charges brought against members of the police force that falls under your remit, both internally and externally, year by year from 2017-2021. Specifically:

1) How many accusations were made against serving officers

2) How many of these allegations were upheld

3) How many of these upheld charges resulted in disciplinary action, and what actions were they

Yours faithfully,

Max Colbert,
The Citizens.

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Baroness Casey Review - Final Report (23/3/23)

'Police Perpetrated Domestic Abuse

Perpetrators of domestic violence who are also police officers have an additional level of power, with the potential to influence the treatment of the victim and outcomes if victims report, and can wield the threat of this influence.

The Centre for Women’s Justice explains:

The partners of such men feel doubly powerless. They experience the
powerlessness that most domestic abuse victims experience, but in addition their abuser is part of the system intended to protect them.

Their super-complaint (which considers forces nationally, not just the Met) found evidence of police suspects trying to stop the victim from reporting to the police, drawing on their status as police officers to undermine the victim.

During the Review, we also heard of cases in the Met where friends and superiors had closed ranks around the police suspect to protect them.' (p276)

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls – Policing Performance and Insights Publication Insights Report March 2023

'2. Between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, there were 1,177 recorded cases of police-perpetrated VAWG, of which 653 (55%) were investigated as conduct and 524 (45%) were investigated as a complaint.'

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls – Policing Performance and Insights Publication

Statistical Bulletin: Police performance, England and Wales
Reporting period: 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022

'Of the allegations referred to proceedings, 13 resulted in dismissal of the person subject to the complaint, or they would have been dismissed if they were still in the force. (p20)

Police complaints Statistics for England and Wales 2021/22
(Experimental statistics)

Published 17 Nov 2022

Table 1: Number of complaint cases logged in 2021/22

West Yorkshire - 3,323

Table 6: Number of allegations logged - what has been complained about in 2021/22

West Yorkshire - 'sexual conduct' - 13 (only 4 forces have more)

Police misconduct, England and Wales: year ending 31 March 2022
Published 12 January 2023

The Guardian:

Dozens of UK police officers disciplined over sexual contact with crime victims and witnesses

(This article includes a link to the Police Me Too movement which comes with a trigger warning)

The Guardian - 25/2/23:

Revealed: one in 100 police officers in England and Wales faced a criminal charge last year

Update on actions to improve police standards and culture

Statement made on 1 March 2023 - UIN HLWS579


'As of this date, all force HR records have been prepared for the datawash which will conclude by the end of March, cross-checking over 326,000 officers and staff against relevant PND records. Forces will then interrogate this data and take action to investigate where necessary.
As well as driving up standards in police vetting and dealing with misconduct, the Home Secretary has been clear that policing needs to address the root causes of poor, and in some cases toxic, cultures.' Chris Philp


Daily Mail 2/3/23

'Every police officer will be re-vetted if there is a change in their circumstances...'

Only 1% of complaints about police lead to proceedings, Home Office reveals

IPCC (now IOPC):

The abuse of police powers to perpetrate sexual violence (2012)

International Business Times

Over 1,000 Met Police officers and staff accused of domestic and sexual abuse

Harriet Wistrich from the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) writing in the Guardian (18/1/23) about a super-complaint her orgianisation made:

'At that time we were looking at a sample of 19 cases from police forces across the country. Since then, we have been contacted by nearly 200 women who were victims of domestic abuse or sexual offences by police officers.'

HMICFRS report:

An inspection of vetting, misconduct, and misogyny in the police service
Published on: 2 November 2022

'Following the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer, the then Home Secretary commissioned HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) under section 54(2B) of the Police Act 1996 to assess current vetting and counter-corruption capacity and capability in policing across England and Wales. This was to include forces’ ability to detect and deal with misogynistic and predatory behaviour.

We were asked to consider current vetting (and re-vetting), arrangements for transferees, whistleblowing arrangements, the work of counter-corruption units and, where relevant, wider Professional Standards '


Statement in response to HMICFRS report into vetting, misconduct and misogyny in policing

Officer David Carrick - 'one of the worst sexual offenders in modern criminal history'. The Guardian

Outcomes for police misconduct proceedings – updated guidance
Published on 17 August 2022

'Officers who commit violence towards women and girls should expect to be sacked and barred from re-joining the police. There is no place in policing for anyone who behaves in a way that damages the public’s trust in us to keep them safe.

Today’s new guidance helps bring common sense and consistency to a process that is crucial to maintaining public trust in police. We need a misconduct system which is transparent, timely and isn’t afraid to show the door to officers who betray our values.'

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Wakefield Express 22/5/23:

West Yorkshire Police worker admits sexual assault on Wakefield night out

'Matthew Oxby, 48, who works in Regional Scientific Support Services, was charged with sexual assault of a female following an incident that took place on Northgate in Wakefield city centre in December 2022.

Appearing before Leeds Magistrates today, Oxby admitted the offence.'

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Yorkshire Live 31/5/23:

Ten serving West Yorkshire Police officers sacked over sexual attacks

They include the following who are on the College of Policing's Barred List. Information below obtained from the Barred List:

Sergeant Ben Lister:

'The officer was dismissed for discreditable conduct after being convicted of rape and sexual assault. He received a ten year prison sentence and was placed on the sex offender register for life. '

PC Ben Robinson:

'The officer conducted a sexual relationship with a female victim of crime. He was charged with an offence of Misconduct in Public Offence and was convicted of that offence on 6th September 2019.'

PC Craig Beazley:

'In August 2016, whilst serving at Greater Manchester Police, PC Beazley attended a report of a domestic incident. PC Beazley later contacted the female party via text and commenced a sexual relationship with her. ..PC Beazley later ended the relationship by intimating the female should commence a relationship with one of his friends. PC Beazley abused his position for sexual gain.'

PC Andrew Bell:

'On or before the 29th June 2020, uploading images of himself to a website, namely Fab Swingers. One image depicted the former officer wearing police uniform and a warrant card. A further image showed his naked torso and genitalia and was displayed on the profile page of the account.

In a further unconnected matter, the former officer attended at the address of a member of the public in the course of his duties on 28th May 2020, following a report that they had been subject of a controlling and coercive relationship. He subsequently engaged in an intimate personal relationship with this individual.'

PC Josh Perkins:

'During a social event former PC Perkins inappropriately touched a number of colleagues by:

• repeatedly touched the genital area and on one occasion put his hand down the front of trousers, inside underwear, and touched a colleague's penis..'.

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College of Policing

Barred list figures
Police officers
Total police officer dismissals

Table 2: Regular police officers placed on the barred list between 15 December 2017 and 31 March 2022

West Yorkshire - Total 31

Table 7: Special Constabulary officers placed on the barred list by force per reporting periods (15 December 2017 to 31 March 2022)

West Yorkshire - Total 3

Table 12: Police staff placed on the barred list by force per reporting periods (15 December 2017 to 31 March 2022)

West Yorkshire - Total 19

Dismissed police officers can apply for name to be removed from barred list

Barred List/Advisory List requests:

Misconduct hearings

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Alan Dudzinski

'The officer entered a guilty plea for charges relating to possessing indecent images of children. He was convicted and sentenced to 8 months suspended for 2 years'

Yorkshire Post - Alan Dudzinski

Police constable Alan Dudzinski, 20, was given a suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court in April, after he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing extreme pornography.

Alexander Maloney

'it is alleged that:

1. On 3rd July 2017, you were arrested for the offence of Possession and Distribution of Indecent Images of Children.
2. A number of electronic devices were found at your address which you were in possession and control of.
3. These devices were subsequently seized and upon examination, they contained:
a) 53 static images containing child abuse imagery (Category A-C)
b) 2 moving images of adult extreme pornography
c) 93 images indicative/borderline images of child abuse (Category 6)

The Telegraph and Argus - Alexander Maloney

'A NEW investigation has revealed the identity of a West Yorkshire Police officer who was sacked in secret by the force for gross misconduct.

Alexander Maloney, who was a serving police constable at the time, was dismissed on June 4, 2018, in a private hearing.'

Adam Moreton

'On 27 October 2021 the officer was off duty and on a team night out. During the evening he proceeded to sexually assault a female colleague by squeezing her bottom and grabbing her breasts.'

Darren Booth

'3. Having dealt with the incident of anti-social behaviour, PC x spoke with Miss B in the police vehicle regarding an unrelated matter.
4. During this time, you stood a short distance away and spoke with Miss A. Whilst speaking with Miss A, you:
4a) made inappropriate sexual comments;
4b) propositioned her for sex;
4c) suggested that Miss A should get at third person involved so that you could have a 'threesome' and that this could be a regular thing;'

UK Corrupt Police - Darren Booth

'The woman said his approach left her feeling “sick and confused”.'

Liam Brookes

'The officer was dismissed for breaching the standards of professional behaviour relating to Authority, Respect & Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct after sexually assaulting an off duty colleague.'

Kevin Wood

'The officer was dismissed for breaching the standards of professional behaviour of Authority, Respect & Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct after he sexually assaulted female colleagues by slapping them on the bottom.'

Dean Wolstencroft

PC Wolstencroft was found on the balance of probabilities to have assaulted his partner on six occasions. The conduct included placing her into a headlock when she was pregnant slapping her, pushing her and throwing a lighter at her eye which caused injury.

WDTK - Dean Wolstencroft

Ian Bell

'1. On 19 July 2017, you attended a Children's Home following a report of a missing person.
2. Whilst at the address, you spoke wit one of the residents at the Children's Home.
3. On 20th July 2017, you sent this vuklnerable (sic) girl a number of inappropriate and unprofessional messages via Snapchat, having obtained her details the previous day.'

Mohammed Hannan

'On 9 May 2018, the officer asaulted his wife and caused criminal damage to her mobile phone. The officer attened (sic) court and was convicted of s.39 Assault and Criminal Damage'

Richard Sloan

'it is alleged that:
1. Between September and 3rd October 2017, whilst off duty at your home address, you engaged in controlling and coercive behaviour against your partner.
2. Whilst engaging in this behaviour, you grabbed/pushed your partner on/about...
3. You sent Whatsapp messages to your partner containing racist comments, namely "Got a lot to tell Paki boy" and "Go see paki".'

Martin Richardson

'Assault on female, racist language and playing online game whilst on duty'

Robert Dovey

'1. The force used was not reasonable, necessary or proportionate.
2. You moved the individual into your van to give you the opportunity to assault him further both during the transfer and during the journey.
3. You intended to assault the individual further during the journey to the police station and would have done so had a colleague not intervened...'

Yorkshire Evening Post - Robert Dovey

' PC Robert Dovey had been called to reports a man was being violent and abusive towards officers - one of whom was the police officer's partner - following an incident in Horbury, Wakefield.

Police at the scene had to use pepper spray to get the man under control and issued a 'code zero alert', before he was handcuffed twice and put into the back of a police van, following the melee on December 9, 2017.
Mr Holdcroft said: "Sgt Dent and PC Dovey transported him to the van and they had got to Horbury Road when PC Dovey said 'we need to pull over somewhere quiet and give this guy a good hiding'.'

Liam Simonet

'...He was involved in an off duty incident which he reported, but later accessed the record without a policing purpose stating he would be dealing with the incident and for it to be closed.'

ITV News - Liam Simonet

'Police officer sacked after false assault accusations against Halifax nightclub bouncer'
James Topp

'...15. The contents of PC Topp’s statement of 3rd July 2020 were untrue in that

a) When PC Topp was outside, Mr A did not approach him first; it was PC Topp who physically approached Mr A;
b) Mr A had not approached PC Topp with his body tensed in an aggressive fighting stance,
c) Mr A had not pushed PC Topp before PC Topp used force towards him.
16. PC Topp knew that the evidence contained in PC Topp’s witness statement of 3rd July 2020 was untrue, in that he knew that:
a) Once outside, Mr A did not approach him first; and
b) Mr A did not approach PC Topp with his body tensed in an aggressive fighting stance; and
c) Mr A had not pushed PC Topp before PC Topp used force towards him...'

Examiner Live - James Topp

'West Yorkshire Police officer sacked for goading homeless man and pushing him to ground before calling colleagues idiots'

Judith Mulligan

'It is alleged that:

1. On 27 September 2013 you contacted police via 999 to report an attempt burglary at your home address. Officers attended and conducted a search of the area. Two males were located nearby and were arrested on suspicion of attempt burglary.
2. Following a VIPER procedure, you positively identified both suspects.
3. On 21 January 2014 the males were found guilty of the offence and sentenced accordingly.
4. A subsequent investigation into an unrelated matter revealed a text conversation between you and two of your colleagues containing reference to you being given sight of police photographs of both suspects prior to the VIPER procedure taking place.
5. On 08 March 2016 you were arrested for Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice.
6. Following a trial commencing on 14 January 2019 at Leeds Crown Court you were found guilty of Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice and received a 12 months prison sentence, suspended for 2 years.'

Yasin Mulla

'On 14th September 2017 PC Mulla was driving on the M606 when polystyrene material was blown from the back of another vehicle and collided with the windscreen of his vehicle.

Shortly thereafter PC Mulla telephoned Accident Exchange to report the incident and asserted that damage had been caused to his vehicle’s bonnet, windscreen and roof. He also mentioned having shoulder pain...

Details of those claims were referred for criminal investigation by the City of London Police, which resulted in PC Mulla being charged with fraud by false representation...'

BBC - Yasin Mulla

'Bradford policeman guilty of insurance fraud'
Koysar Ahmed

'PC Ahmed was dismissed for breaching Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Use of Force and Discreditable Conduct, after detaining a disabled male and using excessive force by repeatedly punching him and using CS spray.'

Sean Donoghue

'PC Donoghue pleaded guilty to 6 occasions of theft receiving a conditional discharge at Court. This amounts to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour of honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct.'

Examiner - Sean Donoghue

'A West Yorkshire detective who stole 11 bottles of wine from Aldi and Tesco would have been dismissed had he still been serving, a misconduct panel has ruled.'

Stephen Knott

'Whilst on duty PC Knott was dispatched to a purported abandoned vehicle. He stole £10 from the vehicle. On 24.8.22 he was convicted of theft at bradford (sic) magistrates (sic)'

IOPC - Stephen Knott

'After receiving reports of money going missing, West Yorkshire Police referred the case to the IOPC. We provided independent oversight of the investigation, which was conducted by the West Yorkshire’s anti-corruption unit (ACU).'

Stephanie Gill

'...She continued to have a relationship with the individual despite being told that this relationship was considered an inappropriate association as it has been deemed incompatible with her role as a Special Constable and that the relationship should cease. She were (sic) untruthful when you advised that the relationship had ended. The officer also failed to disclose this association on a vetting form to joing WYP as a police staff member.

Christopher Atkinson

'...1. You failed to properly deal with the task that had been allocated to you in relation to the community resolution form.
2. You falsified the signature of the complainant, on the community resolution form.
3. You failed to attend a planned appointment with the complainant, failed to submit a report to Action Fraud and failed to positively deal with this allegation of crime. Further, when the complainant contacted you about the missed appointment, you falsely claimed you were unable to attend because you had no vehicle keys. You told a colleague that a supervisor did not let you attend when you knew this to be untrue...'

Asad Hussain

'It was proved that:


1. At 00:54 on 22 May 2019 PC Hussain was driving a police vehicle which collided with street furniture at a McDonalds restaurant and caused substantial damage to the vehicle ('the incident').
3. PC Hussain subsequently submitted a POLVEH form which dishonestly misrepresented the facts of the incident...
'Insurance Matters

It was proved that:

1. On 22nd October 2019, whilst off duty, PC Hussain drove a motor vehicle, registration KX06 ZDV, knowing that no valid insurance cover was in place...'

Nabil Fiaz

'Officer is believed to have been speeding on two separate occasions. On both occasions he provided details stating that he was not the driver at the time of the offence and gave details of a male in Scotland who was driving. Checks reveal this male does not exist and the officer is considered to have lied to avoid prosecution.'
David Hitchcocks

'PC Hitchcocks was dismissed for breaching the standards of behaviour relating to Honesty & Integrity, and Discreditable Conduct after he took items of police equipment and sold them on Ebay.'

Kamran Hussain

'...A short time later police officers have located SC Hussain and arrested him for an offence of impersonating a police officer. Following arrest, it was ascertained that SC Hussain was a serving Special Constable and he has been further arrested for an offence of misconduct in public office. Blue lights have been recovered from his vehicle.

He later pleaded guilty at court in relation to an offence of using a blue light.'

Examiner Live - Kamran Hussain

'Off-duty officer 'fitted illegal blue lights to car then stopped motorist on Huddersfield road'

Luke Stenberg

'5. On 28 March 2019, you appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit. You were convicted and disqualified from driving for 2 years and ordered to pay a fine of GBP400, costs of GBP85 and victim surcharge of GBP40.'

Sally Bird

'The officer was dismissed for discreditable conduct after driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol, without insurance and being involved in a road traffic collision.'

Paul Dwyer

'PC 3431 Dwyer was dismissed for Gross Misconduct for removing items from the works tuckshop on 21/01/2021 and failing to make appropriate payment for them. PC Dwyer also provided dishonest accounts when questioned about the matter.'

Yorkshire Evening Post - David Crossley

'The 60-year-old was convicted yesterday (July 5) following a trial at Leeds Crown Court of indecent assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual touching and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The offences occurred between 1995 and 2014. Crossley started his employment with West Yorkshire Police in 1997. No offence was committed whilst PC Crossley was on duty. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.'

Telegraph and Argus - Lee Parker

'The offences all occurred in 2021 while Parker was in a bar on a night out in Leeds. 

He sexually assaulted a woman by grabbing and kissing her, and slapped the bottom of another.

He also exposed himself to members of the public.

Detective Chief Superintendent Nicola Bryar, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “This officer’s actions fell well below what we expect of our employees on and off duty.'

Telegraph and Argus - Remifiusz Serafin

Former PC Remifiusz Serafin was found to have sexually assaulted a woman at Revolution Bar, in Leeds, on December 16, 2021.

A panel at a misconduct hearing on June 5 this year deemed that Serafin’s gross misconduct would have resulted in him being sacked without notice if he had still been serving as an officer.

Serafin was working for West Yorkshire Police in a Leeds and Bradford District Patrol team but had left the force by the time of the hearing.

BBC - Richard Marshall

'A former police forensics worker made a woman's life a "living hell" by stalking her, a court has heard.

Richard Marshall, 39, previously based in Wakefield, stalked his victim for six weeks, following her and her mother to Blackpool on one occasion.'

Yorkshire Evening Post - Dominic Hibbin and Richard Hall

'Calderdale officers Pc Dominic Hibbin and Pc Richard Hall were sacked following a misconduct hearing where they were accused of making inappropriate comments to the women, aged 18 and 19, and touching them inappropriately.

According to the force, they gave the teenagers a lift home while on duty and while at the address “remained at the location when they should have returned to duty”.'

Wired - Mark Beardsley

'A West Yorkshire Police officer has been dismissed, without notice, following an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation.

Police constable (PC) Mark Beardsley was investigated following allegations in June 2018, in relation to his work as a Safer Schools Officer alleging, he did not respond appropriately when informed that a child under 13 was having sexual intercourse with a number of individuals.'

Yorkshire Post - Andrew Beech

'AN OFF-DUTY police officer bent his girlfriend's arm behind her back and pinned her to a table during a pub row, a misconduct hearing was told.
In a police interview, Beech had argued that his restraining of Ms Chadwick had been “lawful, justified and proportionate”.

But he was charged and later found guilty of assault by beating at a trial. Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court fined him £100.'

BBC - Andrew Roberts

'A former police employee who stole £100,000 of items from an evidence store has been jailed for four years.

West Yorkshire police property manager Andrew Roberts, 55, is believed to have taken more than 200 items from Huddersfield Police Station.'

Yorkshire Live - James Wright

'A police officer dismissed without notice for taking some coffee during a search in Bradford has appealed the decision and won his case.

Representatives of Mr Wright and West Yorkshire Police agreed in December that the dismissal decision should be quashed and replaced with a final written warning.'

BBC - James Hughs

'A former police officer from West Yorkshire has admitted stealing money found in raids at suspected brothels and lap dancing clubs.

James Hughes, 31, from Leeds, also admitted misusing force computers to access information about women that would not be used for police business.'

BBC - William Lloyd-Hughes

'Ex-West Yorkshire Police worker shared racist and pro-UDA tweets'

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( Latest West Yorkshire PC who will be added to the Barred List.)

Misconduct hearing Outcome:

'On 23rd June 2021, when off duty, you attended at the home address of Miss X, in police uniform, and made false and/or inappropriate statements to the effect that: -

3. (a) You had been sent to arrest her but had decided not to;
(b) Her daughter was supposed to be taken away by Social Services;
(c) She was now on police bail;
(d) You were a Detective.

4. On 5th June, 2nd August and 20th September 2021, you accessed police computer systems to make enquiries about Miss X and/or her neighbour.
25.    The Panel considered that there was no reason for her to be in Wakefield nor on the estate Miss X lived on.  The Panel accepted the Presenting Officer’s submission that former PC WESOLOWSKA was there to “put the frighteners on Miss X as a favour to a friend of a friend”.'

Yorkshire Post - 18/7/23

"Police officer ‘put the frighteners' on woman in Yorkshire ‘as a favour’"