Domestic Abuse Perpetrated by Police Officers

Sylvia Cole made this Freedom of Information request to North Wales Police

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Dear North Wales Police,

I am writing to make a FOI request.

Please can you tell me how many police officers in your force have been under investigation for perpetrating domestic abuse related incidents in each of the years 2017, 2016, and 2015.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to this with page references and URLs if necessary.

Kind regards,

Sylvia Cole

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

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Dear Ms Cole,

Enquiry Ref: 2018/521

I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request.


As set out by the Freedom of Information Act, it will be our aim to
respond to your request by 03/07/2018.

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Yours sincerely,


P.P Megan Rutledge

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Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Good Afternoon,

Please find below a link to the North Wales Police website and a previous FOI response 418/2018, which contains the information requested:

Kind Regards,

Megan Rutledge
Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Unit                         
Prif Swyddog Gwybodaeth/ Chief Information Officer
Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol/Corporate Services
Ffôn /Phone 01745 539445
Est/ Ext 39445
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

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Dear Freedom of Information Team,

That's very kind of you; many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Cole

J Roberts left an annotation ()

'There are ‘systemic deficiencies’ in the way some police forces in England and Wales deal with allegations of domestic abuse against their own officers and staff, an investigation has found.

The College of Policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated a super-complaint submitted by the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ).'

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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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

The Guardian:

The snapshot provided by a report into vetting failures is a dark one


Criminals and sexual predators allowed into police, says report


Responses to Police perpetrated domestic abuse: Report on the Centre for Women’s Justice super-complaint

The Guardian:

'Exclusive: Andy Marsh, head of the College of Policing, calls for new code of practice to mend bond of trust with women'

One force is using Crimestoppers to catch officers:

'Contact the Hotline on 0800 085 0000 or online to provide information you have about a Metropolitan Police Service police officer or member of police staff...'

An example of where Crimestoppers might be useful for the victims of domestic abuse perpetrated by police officers:

"Family exposed dead police officer's vulgar messages after 'years of emotional abuse'"

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'Wider implications of the David Carrick case'

Report by Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman - 24/01/2023

'There are currently 27 conduct investigations ongoing relating to 24 individuals.

13 cases relate to violence against women and girls, including sexual misconduct and PPDA*.'

* Police Perpetrated Domestic Abuse