Met Police adds nearly 200 officers into Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command

PUBLISHED: 15:16 10 June 2016

New Scotland Yard in central London.

New Scotland Yard in central London.


The additions come after an independent review last year

Met Police has increased the number of officers and lawyers working in its Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The command exists to investigate such crimes, with the latest improvements made after a review was published last year in to how the police investigate and prosecute rape cases.

It recommended a need for improvement within areas of training, victim care, resourcing and working with local partners.

In total, 196 officers have been added to the command, with an additional 12 lawyers joining the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit.

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “I was determined we use the findings from this review to drive forward a vision for the future which is focused on increased reporting, bringing offenders to justice and providing a truly unique support system for all victims of sexual violence.

“I’m confident the changes we are seeing and which continue to be made will make this vision a reality. We are not there yet but we are on the road to developing a strong, collaborative approach to embedding a unique service in our criminal justice system.”

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