Dozens of police officers have been suspended in Lancashire over the last three years – and allegations levelled at them included rape and soliciting prostitutes.
Since 2011, Lancashire Police has suspended 48 officers from duty, The Gazette can reveal.
Following a Freedom of Information request, the force said in 18 cases, the officer was suspended following allegations of a criminal nature.
It said 30 of the suspensions followed “misconduct only” accusations, which ranged from theft to having sex with a member of the public while on duty.
Of those suspensions, 19 were in 2013, including a case of an officer suspected of engaging in an “inappropriate relationship with an individual with a criminal background”.
The most recent suspension followed allegations a police officer had leaked information gained through misuse of computer systems.
In 2011, a special constable was suspended after being stop-checked in the red light district of a neighbouring force.
The same year a police officer was suspended after being accused of raping a colleague in her home.
Four of the 30 cases involved allegations of racism.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are resolute in our commitment to deal with anyone in the organisation who does not keep to the high standards expected of them and which the vast majority of our staff adhere to on a daily basis.
“When police officer or police staff behaviour falls below the expected standards we will ensure all appropriate action is taken to ensure that staff member is dealt with.”