24 hours service from MPS Sapphire Unit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1657
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that the majority of rape allegations are during the evening and overnight, there is a clear need for a full 24 hour service from the Sapphire unit to provide a consistent level of service at all times.  Will you make this service 24 hours?

Answer

Answer for 24 hours service from MPS Sapphire Unit

Answer for 24 hours service from MPS Sapphire Unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Sapphire unit is already a dedicated 24-hour sexual offences investigation team operating across London and consisting of 15 Sapphire officers including a number of SOIT officers.

Further to the recent Elish Angiolini review, the unit is undergoing an internal review of the investigative model for rape investigations. This review will seek to ensure the right level of repose with regard to victim need and demand for the service over a 24 hour 7 day a week period.