Being a police officer or a police staff member brings the expectation of the highest professional standards and ethical behaviour. Unfortunately, there are those who abuse their powers or behave in an inappropriate or unprofessional ways which undermines the integrity of the police service, letting the public down as well as the honest majority of officers and staff who work for Sussex Police.
From July 2023, every six months, Sussex Police will proactively publicise anonymised data on concluded sexual misconduct cases here.
We must act with integrity and maintain our professional boundaries with the public and with colleagues. When an abuse of position or incidences of sexual misconduct are reported, it will be thoroughly investigated by our Anti-Corruption Unit.
If you hear or know about a Sussex Police officer or member of staff who leverages their police powers for sex or other personal benefits, for example propositions a person who they have come into contact with through their job, perhaps a victim of crime, or makes contact on social media or in person for reasons other than official business, please report it.
This data is published biannually by Sussex Police Professional Standards Department (PSD) showing sexual misconduct data for closed cases that were subject to a formal investigation within PSD across the last 5 years for allegations of:
Abuse of Position for Sexual Purpose
Abuse of Position for the Purpose of Pursuing an Inappropriate Emotional Relationship
Other Sexual Conduct
Unique Subject and Complainant References have been included within the data. Please note these reference numbers have no relation to Warrant Number, Staff ID or Payroll Number and are a randomly generated number. Multiple rows may be present for the same Subject Reference if more than one allegation exists within the data.
In adherence to the Media Authorised Professional Practice regarding publication of rank, we only publish rank up to and including Inspector with any rank above this classed as ‘Insp+’.
IOPC: Independent Office for Police Conduct
LQC: Legally Qualified Chair
The report is presented as an MS Excel spreadsheet. If you require the data in another format or have specific accessibility requirements please email [email protected].