WHY HAS POLICE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ESCAPED THE #METOO MOVEMENT?
At the national level, 990 officers had their licenses revoked between 2009 and 2014 because of rape, sodomy or other sexual misconduct, an Associated Press investigation found. One-third were juveniles.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the largest organization of police chiefs, is well aware of the problem, too. In 2011, a national working group it had convened published an executive guide for police chiefs, which read, “Law enforcement agencies and executives have a duty to prevent sexual victimization, to ensure it is not perpetrated by their officers, and to take every step possible to ensure the safety and dignity of everyone in the community.”
“It's happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” Bernadette DiPino, chief of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, told the AP. “It's so underreported, and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”