Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Suffolk: Police pledge to do more after rape detection rates shown to be among lowest 25% in country

08:50 31 January 2014

Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk Constabulary's pledge on rape figures

Archant

Suffolk police today pledged to do everything it can to solve more rapes after an official report showed its detection rapes were in the bottom quarter in the country.

shares

In response to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) figures one of the force’s most senior officers said continuing to raise the percentage of solved sex assaults was a priority. However, he also added it was paramount victims got the necessary support and counselling, even if they did not wish to go ahead with a prosecution.

The comments came after the HMIC report also showed that 19% of the reported adult rapes for the 12 months ending March 2012 were ‘no crimed’ compared to 12% in the whole of England and Wales. This made it the eighth highest out of 42 forces.

A total of 14% of 116 adult rapes were detected compared to 18% in England and Wales. The solved figure for child rapes was 26% out of 86, compared to 31% across the two countries.

Assistant Chief Constable David Skevington said: “Rape and other serious sexual offences are deeply traumatic for victims – and we are determined to bring offenders to justice while providing a professional, supportive and caring service to those who have suffered such crimes.

“The report released by HMIC today gives a snapshot of the constabulary’s performance in this area at the end of the year 2012/13.

“Since then, we have implemented a series of measures to improve our performance in this area, in line with a key priority of solving more serious sexual offences contained within Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.

“We have strengthened our Gemini teams, which contain the specialist investigators of serious sexual assaults, as well as improving our procedures to ensure that all investigative opportunities are explored.

“The crime rate for serious sexual offences varies from month-to-month, although there is a growing proportion of historic offences being reported following media coverage of high-profile investigations.

“But, since last year, our solved rate for serious sexual offences has improved significantly, increasing by more than 6% in the year to December 2013.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to work to improve our performance in this area to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward, in the knowledge that their complaint will be taken seriously and they will be given the support they need.”

In relation to Suffolk’s “no crime” figure ACC Skevington said: “When we receive a complaint of rape, it is immediately recorded on our crime system.

“The matter is then investigated thoroughly. If, during these investigations, it becomes apparent that the crime as reported did not take place through additional, verifiable information or a retraction by the victim, then a “no crime” will be recorded.

“This can only take place on the authorisation of a senior officer and will be independently verified, in line with national crime recording standards.”

shares

0 comments

Eddie the Eagle movie starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman

It’s the ultimate underdog story – and one of Suffolk’s most famous sons has lent his songwriting skills to its big screen dramatisation.

The Belstead House in Pinweood, Ipswich.

Frustrated councillors who object to plans to build 155 homes in their parish are threatening legal action against planners.

A file picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters were called to a home in Springfield Road in the early hours.

Tim Passmore has vowed to tackle FGM

Police in Suffolk have said tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual abuse is a key priority, and have vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to the issue.

Fun at Sutton Hoo this half-term

For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday or check out @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Love is the theme this week as venues in Ipswich celebrate Valentine’s Day with live music spanning from blues, reggae, rock and soul.

Baklava granola

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis shares some of her favourite suggestions for a lazy weekend breakfast.

Ellen and her family

There is a nasty rumour going round the playground, writes Ellen Widdup.

Sleepless in Seattle

Instead of splashing out on an expensive meal this Valentine’s, why not have a romantic night in watching a themed film?

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24