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Forces to speed up VAWG misconduct cases involving officers

An urgent review of allegations of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse by officers and staff is being carried out by forces.

Conduct investigations of abuse allegations are being prioritised, forces have revealed.

Forces have also pledged to change their policing priorities to focus on targeting violence against women and girls (VAWG).

It comes as part of a national iniative led by the Home Office.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing confirmed they are accepting and implementing all of the recommendations made by HMICFRS in a joint inspection issued last year.

All forces will be asked to complete action plans against a VAWG framework.

Details of how the changes to priorities will be managed – and measured – will be set out by forces as well as how they will achieve this while meeting existing national priorities.

The HMI review, published in September, was in response to the murder of Sarah Everard.

It warned a fundamental approach was needed and improved partnership work across policing, health and education was vital.

The three priorities were:

The response from forces is:

The announcement coincides with a series of initiatives being launched by forces across the country and a national media campaign funded by the Home Office.

The national policing lead for Violence Against Women and Girls, Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth said forces had now set their priorities and made decisions about how they would be met.

She said: “We have a good plan for change in policing to better protect women and girls from violence and root out misogyny in our own ranks.Experts in the VAWG sector have helped shape it and all forces are implementing it. I will review progress to ensure we are delivering as well as enabling others to scrutinise our progress. 

“The government’s decision to make  tackling violence against women and girls a strategic policing requirement reinforces the commitment already made by police chiefs to prioritise making women and girls safer.”

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