Durham Police and Crime Commissioner sets up panel to look into rape investigations
Durham and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, is creating a panel to scrutinise the investigation and handling of rape and sexual abuse cases.
This panel is a key priority in the regional Police and Crime Commissioners’ Violence against Women and Girls Strategy. It aims to provide independent oversight of rape investigations in County Durham to identify best practice and opportunities for improved working practices. This will add transparency to the investigation process and ultimately improve conviction rates.
Mr Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“The panel will critically examine cases and ensure lessons are learned. The aim is to improve investigations, improve services for victims and build the confidence of communities in how the police handle reporting of rape”
Rape is one of the most abhorrent rimes, and yet one that victims often lack confidence in reporting. I want this panel to scrutinise the way cases have been handled, so that we can learn lessons and improve investigations, provide better support for victims and increase confidence.”
Chief Constable, Michael Barton said:
“Volunteers should be reassured they will be listened to and I expect their involvement to improve the way we investigate crime and support victims.”
Application forms for people who would like to join the panel are available from the Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL or can be requested via email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Closing date for applications is midday Friday 19th September 2014
Posted on Friday 29th August 2014