Officers, Motorists at Risk of Sexual Misconduct

1 decade 1 year 3 weeks ago Sunday, November 19 2006 Nov 19, 2006 Sunday, November 19, 2006 8:25:35 PM CST November 19, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS - Three recent lawsuits that accuse a small town police chief of sexual misconduct have experts warning police departments to look for patterns of misconduct and adopt policies to address it. They say departments need better supervision, clearer training, an accessible complaint system and more female officers to reduce the misconduct. In recent months, women have filed three lawsuits against the police chief of tiny Bella Villa, just south of St. Lous. They allege sexual misconduct by Police Chief Edward Locke Junior. The cases are pending, and city officials have pledged an inquiry. Locke declines to comment. But experts say officers are also at risk of being manipulated by a motorist offering sex in exchange for not writing a ticket.

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