Police investigation into alleged assault of officer spanned two years


An internal police investigation into an alleged sexual assault by a duty officer lasted more than two years and ultimately cleared the officer of any foul play.

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The Independent Police Conduct Authority’s summary said the internal investigation included an eight-month delay between the completion of the draft report and the final report, which it said was “unexplained and unreasonable.”

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Police concluded that the male officer had violated the police professional distance policy.

But he said there was not enough “convincing” evidence to criminalize the officer, who denied the allegation.

The survey began in May 2018 and did not end until August 2020.

Police have been approached for comment.