Following an allegation made by a member of the public of gross misconduct by two Birmingham Police Officers an investigation has been launched by the force’s Professional Standards Department.
The two Police Officers are being investigated after a conversation in which they call a suspected domestic violence victim, Alex Faragher, 19, a ‘F***ing Slag’ and a ‘Bitch’ was unintentionally recorded on her voicemail.
The officers had arrived at her home address in Sutton Coldfield to take a statement from the teenager, but she was not at home and so they rang her phone. The phone was not answered and when it went to answerphone, their expletive-ridden conversation was automatically recorded.
One officer is heard saying to his colleague:
“F****** bitch, I specifically said: ‘You are not going to give us the runaround are you?’
‘‘‘No, I want to press charges,’” she said.
Both officers have been placed on restricted duties while the investigation is ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Rachel Jones, Commander of Birmingham North Police, explained:
“I can confirm that West Midlands Police received an official complaint on 24th January 2014 in relation to an allegation of gross misconduct involving two police officers from Sutton Coldfield police station.
“Due to the serious nature of the allegations the matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who have determined that the complaint will be investigated by West Midlands Police Professional Standards Department.”
“Maintaining the highest professional standards is essential as part of our ongoing commitment to securing and maintaining the trust and confidence of the communities we serve.”
“Across the force we expect the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and police staff. This complaint is being professionally and robustly investigated and the force will take necessary action against officers if appropriate.
“Whilst professional standards enquiries are ongoing, the officers have been placed on restricted duties and in a non-public facing role.
“I have visited the complainant personally to explain what action is being taken as well as apologising for any upset caused as a consequence of the officers’ alleged conduct.”
Police were called out after a suspected domestic violence incident between Alex Faragher and her ex-partner at his Sutton Coldfield home on January 13.
The two officers arrived to take a statement a few hours after the alleged attacker had been arrested, only to find she was not at the address. The wedding caterer says a subsequent common assault court case was discontinued last month.