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Two West Midlands cops and special charged with unconnected rapes

Two West Midlands Police officers and a special constable have been charged with rape in unconnected cases, BirminghamLive can reveal.

The three have been accused of the sexual offences in separate incidents between October 2018 and October 1 this year.

One police constable was charged with rape in June this year, while a second cop was charged with rape in October 2019 and a special constable was charged in April 2019.

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The three accused – whom we are not naming for legal reasons – are due to face separate trials at a later date.

Meanwhile, again in an unconnected case, a fourth West Midlands Police cop was found not guilty of rape earlier this year following a trial.

The news comes just weeks after killer cop Wayne Couzens, 48, was jailed for life for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

The three rape charges against the West Midlands officers were confirmed in a Freedom of Information request, which was initially rejected by the force.

When BirmignhamLive questioned the decision, the force confirmed details of the cases.

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The force said in a statement: “The data requested in the original Freedom of Information request is not currently held in an electronically retrievable format.

“To fulfil the original request, staff would need to go through each record individually – a task that would take many, many hours and far exceed the time limitations set out in the Freedom of Information Act – in order to satisfy the request.

“We have been able to retrieve some information by reducing the search parameters from the original request, which has been provided to Birmingham Live – namely the number of officers charged with rape over the last three years.”

The statement added: “We recognise the importance of providing data and information to the public and, when we’re not able to, we understand this can affect the confidence that people have in the police.

“Significant work is ongoing in our Professional Standards department to reconfigure the system to enable us to collate information in the future in a more readily retrievable format, as we recognise that these limitations don’t help build trust.

“In recent months where we’ve received specific requests for data on officer misconduct, those are all available for the public to view on our FOI disclosure web page.”

Wayne Couzens

Former Met officer Couzens had abducted Sarah, 33, off the streets of London after reportedly stopping her for Covid breaches during lockdown.

He was given a whole life term for the rape and murder and was labelled a ‘coward’ by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.

After he was jailed, West Midlands Police Chief Constable David Thompson told officers in his blog that policing was not a ‘boys’ club’ and that men needed to bring about change to tackle violence against women.

The police chief admitted “societal attitudes and behaviours” are present in policing and added: “We have run a project to tackle sexual harassment within WMP because it is needed as it happens too often.”

In a direct messages to officers, he said: “We all need to do more.

“After a dreadful weekend, can I ask us all to set out a personal ambition to make policing an exemplar for the right attitudes and approaches to women.”

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