The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has just released Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement: Executive Guide to examine the problem of sexual offenses and misconduct by law enforcement, promote an understanding of the complexities of sexual offense and misconduct cases involving officers, and assist law enforcement executives in preventing and investigating such incidents. Misconduct of any type tarnishes the bravery and dedicated public service demonstrated by the vast majority of the 800,000 law enforcement officers in the United States. Sexual offenses and misconduct implicating law enforcement represent a grave abuse of the authority the badge represents. It is imperative that executives prepare to proactively address and prevent officer misconduct through agency mission, policy, and training.
Developed through a process of study and discussion with the support of a multidisciplinary working group and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Executive Guide addresses criminal offenses as well as non-criminal sexual conduct that is inappropriate, unprofessional, and damaging to the public confidence in a department. The Executive Guide is now available to law enforcement at no cost and can be accessed electronically at the link below.