UNACCEPTABLE POLICE HARRASSMENT – KATIE BOWMAN 18 JULY 13 .
Thanks to ITV “Daytime TV” 18 July 2013
Message received from a concerned citizen:
Subject: More evidence of Police abusing their powers and being protected by the IPCC
“A young woman appeared on DayBreak TV this morning to explain how she had been the victim of serious harassment at the hands of Thames Valley Police after ending a relationship with a serving police officer. She was breathalysed multiple times even though she doesn’t drink including 4 times in one month in December 2007, was pursued for careless driving and going through No Entry signs. She was not guilty of any of the offences and had no convictions but as a result of advice provided by Thames Valley Police on a CRB check when she applied to be a paramedic she was prevented from progressing in her chosen career. Even years later the Police are still vindictively seeking to make her life hell and prevent her from moving on and obtaining a job in a public sector career.
Despite having Dominic Grieve the Attorney General as her MP she was still unable to pursue harassment charges against Thames Valley Police and entirely predictably her allegations of harassment having been rejected by the Professional Standards Department her appeal against their decision was not upheld by the IPCC which in 95% of cases protects police officers and police forces guilty of Abusing their powers.
a concerned citizen ”
Thames Valley Police accused of ‘bullying’ Katie Bowman – 17 July 13 – BBC News
The Attorney General has urged police to resolve the case of a woman who says she was bullied by officers after ending a relationship with one of them.
Katie Bowman, 24, alleges that she was repeatedly harassed in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, said the case was odd and he had raised it with the chief constable of Thames Valley Police.
The force said it had investigated and rejected the allegations of harassment.
Ms Bowman went to High Wycombe police station in 2007 after her car was vandalised when she was 18-years-old.
She said the officer took her statement and later texted her having seen her phone number on the statement.
“They [the police] have a gang mentality and part of Katie’s problem is that she complained and then the gang bandied round to support itself”
“We started texting and it went from there really – we became together,” she said.
She said she ended the relationship after discovering he already had a girlfriend and then made a formal complaint to the force’s Professional Standards department about how he had obtained her number from her original statement.
She said: “He pulled me over one day and said ‘I can make your life hell for doing this’.”
Documents seen by the BBC show she was stopped in her car several times and her car was seized on more than six occasions over two years.
Ms Bowman said she got fixed penalty notices for not wearing a seatbelt and for wasting police time, which she challenged and won.
She was also taken to court twice for careless driving, but not convicted.
Brian Bowman, Katie’s father, said: “They [the police] have a gang mentality and part of Katie’s problem is that she complained and then the gang bandied round to support itself.”
Ms Bowman said that although some of the police intelligence reports on her had been removed from files, she claimed she lost her job as a student paramedic because some of the records still remain on file.
She wants these records to be deleted.
Mr Grieve, acting in his capacity as MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, wrote to Sara Thornton, chief constable of Thames Valley Police and said he found the intelligence reports “very odd” and that “most of them come across as entirely lacking in substance and to border on the utterly trivial”.
He said: “While I have not had an opportunity of hearing a police explanation or justification for their actions, I am very concerned that a person of apparent good character with no previous convictions should be treated in this way.
“I have raised my concerns with the chief constable, particularly as Katie Bowman has raised serious allegations that the intelligence reports may arise from police misconduct towards her.”
Intelligence reports In a newspaper interview, the police officer in question denied he was ever in a relationship with Ms Bowman.
Thames Valley Police said it had investigated and rejected a complaint of harassment and Ms Bowman’s appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was not upheld.
The chief constable, in correspondence with the Attorney General, said she was taking the matter seriously and that 18 intelligence reports had been removed after a review, but no further reports had been removed.
Ms Bowman said she was told there was a legitimate police reason for keeping the reports, but she was not told what the reason was.”