Most officers and high rank officers believe that it is just "boys being boys" or that it was consensual and off duty when it occurred. Others know that officers abuse their power and use PSM as an alternative to giving a ticket to someone.The point here though is that PSM is a serious subject and many need to realize that it has been happening for decades and needs to be stopped. As we all know, officers are not watched or monitored while on duty and can do anything they want. This is the main reason why PSM has gotten out of hand. With no monitoring of their actions, officers are free to abuse their power all day if they want. Monitoring officers has got to be the main solution for cutting down on PSM.
Another solution would be for victims of police sexual misconduct to come forward with proof of misconduct. Fortunately, this has already been put in motion. As the article below states, "Police officers are going to jail for these offenses and for significant periods of time in both state and federal prisons." The issue here though is that a lot of these victims have credibility issues with their stories. On top of that, "courts require very specific knowledge by supervisors to hold them (officers) liable in these sexual misconduct cases." This has been an issue for a while now. The burden of proof is always lacking in dire situations like these. When it comes down to the termination of a career and the breaking of someone's life, courts are reluctant to proceed unless the proof is overwhelming and well documented.
In this video below, the sexual misconduct is well documented and fortunately for the woman in this case, the abusing officer has a history of sexual misconduct. In cases like these, it is easy to see just how often officers can get away with this and how scary it is for victims to endure and report the incident for fear that they may not be taken seriously.
Overall, it is up to the supervisors of these officers to make sure that conduct like this does not occur; and if it does, there needs to be mandatory consequences. Policies need to be updated to include sexual misconduct and officers, as early as the academy, need to be informed about this subject and what happens to those break the rules pertaining to it.