UK Police Unit 'Encouraged' Rape Victims To Retract Claims To Boost Case Rates, Says Damning Report

UK Police Unit ‘Encouraged’ Rape Victims To Retract Claims To Boost Cleared Case Rates, Says Report

A UK police unit actively “encouraged” to rape victims to retract allegations to boost cleared case rates, says a highly critical new report.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a police watchdog body, found a south London sex crime unit had its own “standard operating procedure” to cut down the number of rapes officially recorded as crimes.

The IPCC said the Southwark Sapphire squad’s approach of “failing to believe victims” was “wholly inappropriate.”

BBC News reports, the IPCC previously carried out four previous inquiries into the Southwark Sapphire unit, which is dedicated to investigating rapes.

This latest investigation is the police watchdog’s ninth investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service’s (Met) response to victims of sexual violence.

When asked to comment on the report, a Met spokesman said substantial changes had now been made.

But home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said three Metropolitan officers who had been facing possible dismissal over a previous bungled investigation into the serial sex offender Kirk Reid were still employed by the force.

In fact, two of them — a superintendent and a detective inspector — have been promoted, while just one detective sergeant is facing disciplinary proceedings for alleged gross misconduct over the allegations, said BBC News.

UK Police Unit 'Encouraged' Rape Victims To Retract Claims To Boost Case Rates, Says Damning Report
Comments