Police pair in 'exploitation' probe
The police watchdog is overseeing a probe into allegations that two Merseyside police officers abused their positions to sexually exploit women.
One investigation will examine claims a sergeant threatened to arrest a woman while on patrol in Liverpool unless she performed a sex act on him, said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The sergeant is also being investigated over the handling of police property.
The second investigation will look at allegations involving a detective constable who is said to have asked a victim of domestic violence to perform a sex act on him, and then continued to contact her in an inappropriate manner over a prolonged period of time.
In a statement, the IPCC said: "Both investigations will look at other potential victims and examine whether Merseyside Police has adequate systems to identify officers abusing their powers for sexual gratification.
"IPCC Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone will oversee the investigations.
"Both officers have been suspended from duty by Merseyside Police."
The IPCC added that the investigations will be carried out by Merseyside Police under its direction and control.
In a statement, Merseyside Police said: "As the investigations are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.
"Merseyside Police is absolutely committed to the highest integrity and professional standards of its officers at all times.
"In November last year the Police Integrity And Corruption report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found that the force takes issues of police integrity and corruption very seriously.
"The report stated that senior officers of the force have been proactive in taking important messages to the workforce and in developing a climate in which professional behaviour is encouraged and valued."