Supt Mark Behan, head of Professional Standards at Northamptonshire Police, said: “We have read the assessment with interest and acknowledge the recommendations within it.
“I believe it broadly reflects the Force’s position and recognises that an action plan is in place. This includes a plan to deploy IT systems monitoring which will be fully up and running by the end of the year.
“It also recognises we have begun working with relevant partner agencies to gather intelligence that will help tackle abuse of authority.
“We welcome HMICFRS’s proposal to inspect this area in due course as I’m confident they will find Northamptonshire Police has been and remains proactive in this area
“Abuse of position for a sexual purpose drastically affects the legitimacy of the police service and the trust which the public place in it and we take it extremely seriously at Northamptonshire Police.
“During 2017, Professional Standards has built in extra investigatory resource, in part to tackle this issue.
“In the past year we have also investigated allegations against three officers who have subsequently been dismissed from the service and we have a number of other investigations ongoing.
“In addition, sergeants and supervisors have received bespoke training in order that they can better spot such misconduct when it arises. The Force has also produced internal communications under the banner of “Knowing your Boundaries” all of which is designed to raise awareness of this issue.
“There is always more to do, but Northamptonshire Police is moving in the right direction with a robust plan to tackle abuse of authority.
Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It’s important that all police officers and staff act with the utmost integrity.
This is a serious issue and the Force must root out any abuse of power and deal with it effectively.
“We will work closely with the Force to ensure the plans they have developed are sufficiently comprehensive and seek reassurance they have the capability and capacity to respond to the problem.”