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Police Officers 'Abuse Positions For Sex'
Police officers are buying steroids from criminals and abusing their positions to have sex with vulnerable women, a police leader has warned.
Mike Cunningham said that most forces were investigating cases where officers had become embroiled with criminals after gym use escalated to taking body-building drugs.
There were also probes into claims of officers using their positions to persuade vulnerable women to sleep with them, he said.
Mr Cunningham, the Chief Constable of Staffordshire, said the two were the greatest corruption risks among the country's police officers.
He said: "We do our own assessment of corruption threats, one of them is steroid abuse and gym use by officers.
"What that starts off is very often officers going to the gyms, beginning to dabble in steroids, then the relationships they form when they're using steroids become corrupt and corrosive.
"There is good evidence of officers getting way out of their depth with serious criminals who they are beholden to."
Mr Cunningham, who was speaking after the release of an Association of Chief Police Officers' report into corruption, also said that dozens of officers across England and Wales were abusing their positions to have sex with vulnerable women.
He said: "We found that when we asked force professional standards departments that again most forces were investigating allegations against individual officers abusing their position for sexual favour."
One example is Stephen Mitchell, who worked for Northumbria Police and was given two life sentences in 2011 for two rapes and three indecent assaults.
The court heard how the 42-year-old abused women he met on duty, including a disabled teenager, heroin addicts and shoplifters.
Chief constables are to discuss plans for tackling corruption.
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what do you think?
No surprise to anyone
Jaw dropping :o( More fool these officers for using steroids in the first place.
Dodgy police officers??? Never
Hardly inspires confidence in our police which is a shame really. Most are good honest cops doing their best in a thankless job.
so the picture is who?
Johnny 3 balls.
Such a shame that people tarnish all police officers with the same brush! There will always be a small minority that exploit their position. Be it, teachers, nurses, doctors etc! As a police officer that is hardworking! I like my colleagues, hope are quickly dealt with and shown the door!
thankfully it is only the few it saddens me that the uniform is being abused instead of be reassuring i have only contempt for these officers and stay well clear of them