Met Police

Sexual offences double

Date published: 
01 November 2019

So far this year, over 13,400 sexual offences have been recorded by the Met. Nearly double that of eight years ago. 

Today, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee published a letter to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, highlighting its ongoing concerns about the Met’s ability to respond to sexual offences effectively, and calling on the Mayor and MOPAC to do more to address these concerns.

The recommendations include:

  • The Mayor needs to ensure his approach to rape and sexual offences focuses more on victim confidence
  • The Mayor needs to ensure the Met has the resources it needs to get on top of gathering digital evidence
  • The demand on police officers dealing with rape and sexual offences is well recognised: steps are needed to alleviate that pressure and mitigate further problems in the future
  • The BCU model risks exacerbating a reduction in victim satisfaction with the police, partly because of a reduction in communication between the police and survivors

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