Thursday, 8 December 2016

Police licences for child sex abuse investigators

"Police officers investigating child sex abuse are to be required to be specially trained and accredited in the same way as specialist firearms officers under proposals announced by the home secretary.

Amber Rudd said she wanted to see only registered officers who could demonstrate specialist skills used to investigate complex “high harm” crimes involving the most vulnerable people, such as child sex abuse."

"In a speech to the College of Policing, the home secretary said the new police licence to practise would mean officers and staff were not forced to take on roles they were not prepared for or professionally trained to do."

"`For too long crimes against vulnerable people have simply not been taken seriously enough and their voices have not necessarily been heard. They have been treated as second-class crimes and not always been given the attention they deserve,` said Rudd..."

"The announcement follows [the] scathing report by Her Majesty`s Inspectorate of Constabulary on the record of the Metropolitan police on child protection which showed that mistakes had been made in 75% of child sexual abuse cases."

At this point it would be a good idea to link back to the police whistleblower who talks about cover-ups, not mistakes:

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