Met Police

Sexual offences double

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

Chair of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai AM said:

The true level of rape and sexual offences is still unknown as many victims and survivors do not feel comfortable reporting or even following through on an allegation.  The Committee spoke with the Met and organisations that work with survivors to understand the impact of the current systems in place on victims and on the police’s ability to respond.

“We need victims to feel comfortable speaking with police officers. And police officers need to have the capacity to engage with victims, to ensure they feel they feel their case is being progressed.  

“The Met also needs to be able to keep up with the growth of digital evidence and the complexity of cases.

“We want MOPAC to tell us how they are going to help the Met improve its local response to rape and sexual offences, as more needs to be done to tackle these heinous crimes across London.”

Notes to editors

  1. The letter is attached.
  2. Unmesh Desai AM, Chair of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  3. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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