Police officer arrested over investigation into handling of sexual offence cases

15:38 08 June 2012

The police are investigating

The police are investigating

Archant

A police officer investigating cases of rape and sexual assault in Camden has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The officer, part of the Sapphire Command which investigates sexual offences in Camden and Islington, was arrested in east London this morning (Friday, June 8) and is currently in custody.

Police said they were currently reviewing 63 cases - 26 live and 37 complete - in which he played a role and all live investigations had been assigned to new officers.

An investigation was opened in May by the Metropolitan Police Service Directorate of Professional Standards after management was alerted that there may be inaccuracies in some of the officer’s crime reports.

He was suspended on May 18, but due to “recent significant developments” in the investigation, a decision was taken to arrest him.

Police said victims in the Sapphire cases under investigation are being contacted and two have already been spoken to.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission began its own independent investigation today (Friday, June 8).

A statement released by the IPCC said: “The Independent Police Complaints Commission is independently investigating allegations that a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer serving on the Sapphire Unit falsified entries on the crime report system in relation to the submission of exhibits, advice from the CPS and authority from senior officers to make charging decisions.

“The MPS made a referral on 16 May and the IPCC decided to manage an investigation by the MPS Department of Professional Standards.

“Following today’s (Friday, June 8) developments and further information which has come to light in the investigation, the IPCC has informed the MPS that the matter will now be independently investigated by the IPCC.

“The investigation is at an early stage and we hope to release further information in due course.”

Victims from Camden concerned about their investigations should call the Sapphire unit on 020 7421 0282.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police want to talk to this man about the incident in Liverpool Street

A 12-year-old girl is ‘traumatised’ after being sexually assaulted by a drunk pervert at Liverpool Street station last night.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Azelle Rodney was shot dead 10 years ago (Photo: PA Wire)

A Met marksman who who blasted suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney six times at close range 10 years ago has been cleared of his murder.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Hordes of police were sent in tot control the situation (Photo: @mansfieldmaddie, used with permission)

Police were called to a huge brawl in Shooters Hill last night after a party got out of hand.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police would like to speak to this woman

A Footlocker shop worker was sprayed in the face with bleach in a vicious attack in Kilburn, west London.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Do you recognise this man? If so, please contact British Transport Police on the number listed below

Police are looking for a rugby fan after a woman was inappropriately touched after the official Army vs Navy rugby match on Saturday May 9.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Blackfriars Crown Court (Picture: PA Images)

A woman prison custody officer who was allegedly assaulted as she escorted a prisoner at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday has died.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more