The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it is handling 187 investigations into potential police failures in dealing with past child sex abuse cases in England and Wales.
A BBC Freedom of Information request revealed 27 completed inquiries have resulted in potential disciplinary action against up to 15 officers.
Eighteen forces are the subject of complaints about the handling of abuse.
These include what the IPCC has called potential “high-level corruption”.
Of the investigations, 56 cases relate to alleged failures by South Yorkshire Police in responding to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham; 46 follow allegations against the Metropolitan Police, and 58 against Essex Police.
Uncovered: The stack of ‘police failings’ over child grooming in South Yorkshire
THE police watchdog is carrying out 187 investigations into possible failings by police in their handling of historical child sex abuse cases – more than a quarter of them in South Yorkshire, it has been reported.
Police watchdog investigates alleged failings by South Yorkshire Police
The probes are among 187 being carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into possible failings by police officers and forces in their handling of historical child sex abuse cases. Of the investigations, 56 cases relate to South Yorkshire Police; 46 follow allegations against the Metropolitan Police, and 58 against Essex Police.