Officers who commit violence against women and girls should expect to be dismissed and barred from re-joining the police, says College of Policing chief executive Andy Marsh.
“There is no place in policing for anyone who behaves in a way that damages the public’s trust in us to keep them safe,” he added.
He was commenting after the college published updated guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings. A new section covering violence against women and girls, including domestic abuse, is included.
The document states it is imperative policing makes it clear that is wholly unacceptable.
“Violence against women and girls perpetrated by a police officer, whether on-duty or off-duty, will always have a high degree of culpability, with the likely outcome being severe … Such behaviour will always harm public confidence in policing, since this is inimical to the values of modern policing and the standards of professional behaviour,” the guidance says.