Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Met Police rape unit 'encouraged' victims to retract cases

Victims of rape were "encouraged" by police to retract allegations to boost detection rates, a report has said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said a south London sex crime unit had its own "standard operating procedure" to cut the number of rapes officially recorded as crimes.

The IPCC said the Southwark Sapphire squad's approach of "failing to believe victims" was "wholly inappropriate".

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said substantial changes had been made.


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