MPS sex offence sanction detection rates

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


From 2005 to 2014 there was a 68% rise in recorded offences of sexual attacks totalling 5,179 in 2013/14 but only a 17% rise in charges for these offences. What work are you doing with the CPS to improve these sanction detection rates?


Answer for MPS sex offence sanction detection rates

Answer for MPS sex offence sanction detection rates

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The rise in recorded sexual offences is attributed to the following factors:

       Increased public confidence to report offences

       A significant reduction in the recording of no crimes

       Improved crime data integrity through compliance with the National Crime Recording Standards.

The MPS and CPS-London are working collaboratively to improve sanction detection rates.

This includes identifying funding to pilot a lawyer to work within each Sapphire Team, allowing for more timely and better case building. The MPS and CPS-London are also reissuing guidance on seeking early investigative and other advice as part of the work of the joint National Rape Action Plan. To support this, the MPS and CPS-London have agreed to consider revised arrangements for advice and pre-charge decision-making in rape and serious sexual offence cases as a matter of urgency.