An independent review of how the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigate and prosecute rape cases, published today, 2 June, has provided a timely, informative and candid overview of our joint-working practices; which will act as a framework for major changes in the future.
In June 2014 the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, and Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders commissioned the Right Honourable Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC to conduct a victim-centred review of current protocols and procedures, and identify where improvements could be made.
This was as a result of a significant increase in the number of rape allegations made, either recent or non recent, in London in the year 2013 – 2014, following the high profile Operation Yewtree.
As part of the review, Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC scrutinised working practices, reviewed sample case files and consulted with victims and other organisations to build an overall picture of the service to victims.
The Commissioner said: “We commissioned this report from Dame Elish following the large increase in the reporting of rape. Year on year, victims have demonstrated the confidence to come forward and report this most horrendous of crimes.
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