Image source, Facebook Image caption, Clarke Joslyn was recognized in 2019 for breaking professional standards
Police apologized to two women for having dealt with their reports of abusive behavior by a colleague.
Jodie, not her real name, told Gwent Police nearly a decade ago about the abuse by her ex-boyfriend PC C larke Joslyn.
Mr. Joslyn, who served as an officer for 26 years, was found to have violated professional standards in 2019.
Gwent Police said she was "extremely sorry " the women have was disappointed "when they needed our support most.
Years after reporting her fellow officerfor violent and controlling behavior, Jodie finally got the apology she expected.
"I wouldn't be dramatic in saying that this destroyed my career " Jodie said.
'We just felt like we were being ignored '
In 2012, she reported that PC Joslyn was harassing her after their relationship ended.
Despite a warning regarding her conduct, the officer began an abusive relationship with another police officer later in the year.
But it was not until 2019 for a a panel to find him guilty of serious misconduct for engaging in "continually abusive conduct " towards women. Mr Joslyn has denied the allegations.
Now Gwent Police have gone further by issuing an apology for the way they handled complaints from two of their own officers.
"We come from the impression thatwe were ignored, that we didn't matter, that we maybe weren't even believed "said Jodie.
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"But I think the fact that they apologize shows us that after all these years they finally listened to what we had to say.
The police in Gwent have been accused of failing to take steps to protect its female staff and ignoring warnings regarding the conduct of one of its agents.
"What I found difficult was that I was an intervention agent at the time and had to deal with thin gs that weren't as bad as I was experiencing. 'was about me, nothing was done, "Jodie said.
' Lack of procedures '
The Center for Women ' s charity Justice, who represented Jodie, said her case had raised "systemic " issues about a police culture beyond the Gwent force.
"This is the lack of procedures in place to ensure an independent investigation when things go wrong, when officers are accused of abusinge their position, "said Kate Ellis, lawyer for the association.
" Until the police force confront the scale of the problem, we will not assist to significant systemic change. "
The conduct of some male officers towards women and the forces' ability to adequately investigate have been brought to light renewed attention with the conviction of Met policeman Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard.
Minister of the Interior Priti Patel has announced that she will launch an investigation into the issues raised by the case.
But activists, including the Center for Women 's Justice , urged her to broaden the scope of the investigation to include other examples of police abuse.
Jodie saide that cases like his showed that investigations into the conduct of officers should be independent and not conducted by colleagues of the same force.
'He had the final element of control '
She was also frustrated that by the time her attacker 's misconduct was proven, he was no longer on duty.
"When he had been pushed as far as he could and he knew he was going to be found guilty of serious misconduct, he actually quit. He had the last bit of control there, "she said.
"I think if someone has been investigated for gross misconduct, they relatively should not be allowed to resign " she said.
Image caption, People must have the greater confidence in the integrity of officers, says Deputy Chief Constable of Gwent Police Amanda Blakeman
Deputy Chief Constable of Gwent Police Amanda Blakeman stated that she had met the two women in the affair to hear their experiences and apologize.
"I am extremely sorry that at one point they felt the need of our support the most as we let them down. "
She said the force had " listened, thought through and taken the necessary steps to secure this right in the future ".
'Phave room for inappropriate behavior in the workplace '
Ms Blakeman added: "We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and they will thoroughly investigate and action taken We will also work with those who raise concerns to ensure they have the support they need.
"Public expectations for our standards of behavior are rightly very high. . There is no room in our strength for inappropriate behavior in the workplace or the abuse of an individual's position to exploit others.
"We expect everyone within Gwent Police to maintain high standards of professional behavior - the vast majority of our employees work tirelessly to serve our communities with professionalism, honesty and integrity.
"We are committed to identifying and taking action against peopleones who violate these standards. The public must have the utmost confidence in the integrity of our agents, and we are very clear that anyone who undermines public confidence will have no future in this force. "
The force said all cases involving officers where a position of trust was abused have been reported to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The IOPC Fund would then consider whether a independent investigation was necessary.