West Midlands Police probe abusive voicemail claim
- 19 February 2014
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country
A police force has apologised after two officers allegedly left an abusive message on the phone of a woman who had made an assault allegation.
Alex Faragher, 19, of Birmingham, overheard herself apparently being referred to in sexist terms during an expletive-strewn conversation, the Birmingham Mail reported.
The officers did not appear to know they were leaving a voicemail.
West Midlands Police said a gross misconduct investigation was ongoing.
Ms Faragher told the paper she had contacted the police in January.
The officers tried to call her phone but were unable to get through and mistakenly recorded their conversation.
When Ms Faragher, a wedding caterer, checked her messages, she said she overheard two men apparently abusing her.
On the voicemail recording, the men are heard calling her a "slag". They also discuss drafting a statement themselves and then getting "the bitch to sign it".
"If I had spoken about them like that I would have been arrested by now and prosecuted," Ms Faragher told the Mail.
The two officers have been placed on restricted duties during the investigation.
Rachel Jones, commander of Birmingham North Police, said she had visited Ms Faragher to explain what action was being taken and to apologise for any upset caused.
In a statement, Ms Jones said: "West Midlands Police received an official complaint on 24 January in relation to an allegation of gross misconduct involving two police officers from Sutton Coldfield police station.
"Due to the serious nature of the allegations, the matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, who have determined the complaint will be investigated by West Midlands Police Professional Standards Department.
"This complaint is being professionally and robustly investigated and the force will take necessary action against officers if appropriate."