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internal investigation PSNI investigating 13 officers over sexual misconduct and domestic violence allegations

One officer was sentenced earlier this year for possession of indecent images

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The PSNI are currently investigating 13 cases involving allegations and/or domestic violence involving serving police officers.

The probe is looking at six cases of a sexual nature and seven of domestic abuse.

The Deputy Chief Constable of the force, Mark Hamilton, spoke to BBC Radio Ulster earlier today and revealed one officer has been dismissed from the PSNI and sentenced in a case where he was convicted for using his position for “sexual gain”.

Mr Hamilton added: "We have an officer in prison for two years who was sentenced this summer. We have also an officer who was sentenced to prison for possession of indecent images.”

The Belfast Telegraph, having submitted a Freedom of Information request to the PSNI, revealed 39 officers have faced internal investigations in the last five years over claims of sexual misconduct, including making indecent images of children, voyeurism, rape, extreme porn possession, paying for sexual services and using police systems to access porn.

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A stock picture of a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) logo badge in Derry City in Northern Ireland.

A stock picture of a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) logo badge in Derry City in Northern Ireland.

A stock picture of a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) logo badge in Derry City in Northern Ireland.

Mr Hamilton explained: “I think one allegation is too high. I don’t want to try and sort of calibrate this.

"We have six cases of a sexual nature and about seven domestic violence cases ongoing at the moment.

“Some of the cases overlap between domestic abuse and sexual offences.

“I don’t think it is disproportionately high, but I don’t accept that any of it should be happening at all.

“I wouldn’t want anyone who is listening to this show,” he added, “to think there is any degree of acceptance from my office or from the broad family of the police service that even one of these offences is acceptable.”

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Former Justice Minister Claire Sugden, independent MLA, said that while the figures were not “necessarily disproportionate” to figures in police forces across the UK, “it is happening and we are seeing women dying because it is happening”.

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