Misconduct.

Police in Anchorage Alaska have a tumultuous public history of misconduct regarding sexual harassment in their community, with a focus on sex industry workers.  Probation officers have taken advantage of this unstable group of women through active police work involving field interviews, and sting activities that led officers to use their authoritative power to have sexual relations and not pay for them;  as well as cases of abuse against children.  Alaska government officials continue to push for focused legislation against  police officers engaging in sexual activities during their professional scope of work, or for entrapment purposes.

Sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment/misconduct is a form of police brutality with reported complaints that are second to excessive force complaints.  This form of brutality stems from  unwelcome sexual advances, requests or demands for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by law enforcement in the course of their job. If a police officer has engaged in sexual harassment or abuse, under the guise of their professional employment, it is a form of police brutality where civil and criminal legal action may be brought against that officer.

Anchorage Police Department  formal complaint.

Sexual misconduct by law enforcement employees is any behavior by an employee that takes advantage of the employee‘s position in law enforcement to misuse authority and power.

Make an online complaint at the Anchorage Police Department website, or visit the station and ask for a supervisor.  All victims of sexual misconduct by police employees shall be treated with professionalism and dignity. Their allegations shall be taken seriously throughout the investigative process regardless of their background, criminal history, or perceived lack of credibility or questionable behavior. These victims, as with any who report this offense, must be protected from intimidation.

 Post-complaint.

 All reports of sexual misconduct will be forwarded to the Chief, or his/her designee, who will determine if the report will be investigated by Internal Affairs, or a supervisor.

  1. Criminal allegations will be investigated by the Detective Division.
  2. Employees who witness sexual misconduct shall immediately notify a supervisor. Should a supervisor be involved in the incident, the report shall be made to the next level in the chain of command.
  3. Supervisors and commanders made aware of sexual misconduct will immediately notify the chain of command and Internal Affairs.

A police brutality attorney can help victims of sexual misconduct prepare and file complaints.

Prohibited Actions.

  • Sexual Misconduct of any nature is strictly prohibited and if proven may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
  • Anyone in a supervisory capacity or position of authority shall not engage in any activity of a sexual nature with employees on a probationary status.
  • Employees, under color of authority or representing the Department will not extort, encourage, offer, accept, or engage in sexual favors.
  • Employees will not engage in any on-duty activity of a sexual nature.
  • Employees will not engage in any activity of a sexual nature at, or in a Department workplace, or vehicle.

Supervisors should pay attention to early warning signs and patterns that indicate sexual misconduct by subordinates.  Prevention and training are mandated for new officers, with periodic updates for all officers. Sexual harassment is a form of police brutality along with excessive force; false arrest and wrongful imprisonment; wrongful search and seizure activity; racial and gender discrimination; and general abuse against civilians.  When sexual abuse is suspected a police brutality attorney can be of assistance.

Seek legal counsel.

Individuals who have been victimized by an Anchorage Police Officer through sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct should contact legal counsel  at USAttorneys.com to discuss the encounter and go over available legal options. A victim may seek compensation for damages, based on the case particulars.

 

Sources:

https://www.muni.org/Departments/police/Documents/PUBLICPIManual022014.pdf

http://www.akleg.gov/basis/statutes.asp#11.66.110

http://www.akleg.gov/basis/statutes.asp#11.66.130