An investigation that was launched into claims that a police officer had sex with a member of the public at a police station has now widened and is looking allegations of bullying, violence, racism, misogyny and the illegal use of steroids among officers.
The police watchdog began an inquiry last year following claims of inappropriate behaviour by an officer based at Charing Cross Police Station in central London.
The officer had allegedly had sex with a vulnerable member of the public in the station in February 2016.
But the incident only came to light when text messages were discovered during an internal Scotland Yard probe into another matter.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct was called in and also began examining whether some of the officer’s colleagues had been aware of the incident at the time but had failed to report it.
However the investigation has been dramatically expanded amid claims of a string of further serious and wide ranging allegations.
These include bullying, inappropriate behaviour towards other officers, violence towards women, taking advantage of vulnerable people and the use of controlled substances including steroids.