Police watchdog investigates officers over claims of racism misogyny steroid abuse and

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The Met has said it takes the allegations seriously and is cooperating fully with the IOPC investigation 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. Eight police constables and two police sergeants who served with a unit based in central London are under investigation and some of the officers have undergone drug testing due to the allegations about steroid use.IOPC Regional Director, Sal Naseem said: “These are very serious allegations and it is vital for public confidence that these are independently investigated.We are committed to using our enforcement powers to root out officers whose conduct undermines the public’s confidence in policing and who should not be wearing the uniform.”There is no indication this is part of any wider teams within the station but our overarching report will consider the wider culture and team.“We would also like to hear from other officers at Charing Cross station, or the wider public, who may be able to provide valuable information to our investigation.”A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The MPS takes all allegations of wrong-doing extremely seriously and is fully cooperating with the IOPC investigation.” Investigators from the IOPC are also looking at claims that officers used racist, misogynistic and discriminatory language and perverting the course of justice by deleting messages that were relevant to the criminal investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Met has said it takes the allegations seriously and is cooperating fully with the IOPC investigation

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