Widespread sexual harassment draws discipline, resignations in Wisconsin police department

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The story was reported by Wisconsin Watch’s Phoebe Petrovic in collaboration with Sheboygan Press reporter Maya Hilty. In late 2022, Petrovic and Hilty obtained more than 200 pages from the three sexual harassment probes from 2021, which resulted in discipline and counseling for 12 male and female officers. The internal investigations started with complaints from two female officers that semi-nude photos had been taken and passed around the department without their consent. A third probe was launched after female trainees reported inappropriate behavior by a male training officer. A review of the records showed the department failed to use best practices in carrying out the series of internal investigations and that female officers were, in some ways, more harshly punished than their male colleagues. Originally published on February 6th, 2023.

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