The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has been inundated with complaints from men who have been harassed, molested and raped by a female police officer, according to a report.
The department says it will be investigating allegations made to police about the handling of the situation.
In the first two months of the year, the AFP said it received 4,200 complaints about police sexual misconduct.
One complainant, a male, said he was subjected to unwanted touching and groping in the carpark of a Sydney Police Station in February this year.
“She started talking to me, making fun of my outfit and my weight,” he said.
He said he tried to ignore the unwanted touching, but when he asked to leave the car, he was “violently and aggressively” grabbed and shoved.
The man said the officer asked him for a cigarette, and that he then felt “like I was going to throw up”.
“I tried to push her away, but she grabbed my arms and dragged me to the ground.
She grabbed my hair and threw me down again,” he wrote in the complaint.
I told her I was a male and that she could not touch me, but her response was that I was male, which is not how she sees me.
When I asked to speak to a supervisor, she did not respond.
She then grabbed my legs and pushed them together, and when I resisted, she kicked me in the groin.
This continued for several minutes.
After the incident, the man said he asked a colleague to call the police, but he received no response.
Police officers are generally expected to behave in a reasonable and professional manner, but some officers have been accused of misconduct in the past, including allegations of sexual assault.
A review of the police department’s complaint system by the AFP in June found “significant deficiencies in the way the AFP operates and responds to complaints of sexual misconduct”.
The report also recommended the agency improve the way it investigates complaints.
But the AFP says the report has not addressed the issues raised by the first allegations.
On Friday, the ABC reported that the AFP has launched an internal investigation into the allegations and will examine whether the complaints have been investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
More than 1,000 complaints have already been lodged with the watchdog, including a number of sexual offences.
It will be the third time the AFP and Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have faced allegations of misconduct by police officers.
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