From the Metro:
Police ‘must protect’ doggers says manual
People who indulge in public sex outdoor — doggers — must be protected from abuse and verbal taunts, police have been told.
And anyone who subjects them to ‘hate crime’ should be arrested.
People who take part in exhibitionist outdoor sex still have rights protecting them from prejudice that could cause post-traumatic stress, says the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.
The Hate Crime Guidance Manual said issues on open-air sex ‘can be complex’ but warned ‘police must accept they have the dual responsibility of ensuring that any victims of crime in such environments receive a professional response’.
But Les Gray, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, told Police Review magazine: ‘I do not believe our officers require a 60-page booklet to tell them we should carry out our duties without fear, favour, malice or ill-will.
‘No matter the circumstances, offices will always do their utmost to prevent crime in the first instance and where a crime has been committed assist the victim and endeavour to detect the culprit.’
The guidance was published last week.