How is Sussex Police handling rape reports and why does it take so long for rape cases to be heard at court?

17/10/2016

KB & Giles York headshotsThese are just some of the questions that the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will ask Chief Constable Giles York, at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).

WHEN: Friday 21 October, 1:00PM

WHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

MEDIA INVITATION: if you would like to stream the meeting on your own news site please contact clarissa.hawthorne@sussex-pcc.gov.uk for the embed code. For media interviews contact the media team on 01273 335 634

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow the meeting on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny.

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said:

“Last week HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) published their rape data for Sussex Police. I was pleased to read that there are more people coming forward to report rape in Sussex and that the charge rate for Sussex (68%), as authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, continues to remain well above the national average of 57%.

“At this weeks PAM I will be questioning Mr York on what he thinks of the findings of the HMIC report; what plans are in place to improve solved rates for serious sexual offences in Sussex and why victims of rape are still waiting a very long time for their cases to be heard at court.

“The recently published Howard League for Penal Reform report showed that Sussex Police has demonstrated a 54% reduction in child arrests between 2010 and 2015. On behalf of Sussex residents I will be finding out if this reduction is attributable to a reduction in crime committed by children or to a re-definition of offences by children which require police detention and/or different ways of delivering sanctions.”

Other topics under discussion include planning for the policing of the Lewes Bonfire celebrations, the Local Policing Programme; an update on investment areas following the precept increase and police officer recruitment.

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