Refuge responds to HMICFRS inspection of vetting, misconduct, and misogyny in the police service
In response to today’s His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspection of vetting, misconduct, and misogyny in the police service, Ruth Davison, Refuge chief executive said...
In response to today’s His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspection of vetting, misconduct, and misogyny in the police service, Ruth Davison, Refuge chief executive said:
“This report, which highlights a systemic culture of misogyny, sexism, and predatory behaviour towards women in policing in many forces, presents an overview of abhorrent behaviours and practices running deep within the police force across the county. Behaviours which are directly contributing to the lack of trust that women have in the police, which makes them less likely to report crimes committed against them and puts their lives at risk.
It is unconscionable for politicians, police leaders and police forces to do anything other than take radical action to overhaul the police recruitment and complaints processes and instruct root and branch reform. The police are supposed to be the first line of defence for women and girls, yet wholly inadequate practices are allowing the wrong people to join, and stay in, the force, and turning a blind eye when these officers commit crimes, or display behaviours which should have no place in the force.
Minoritised men and women have warned for decades that the police are institutionally racist, and now we know that they are also allowing a culture of violent misogyny to go unchecked and largely unpunished. Officers with misconduct allegations are able to rotate between forces and serious incidents are falling through cracks in the system.
The time for words and commitments to review is over. Only radical reform and a zero-tolerance policy will go anyway to restoring trust in the police”
Notes to editors
HMICFRS’s inspection into vetting, misconduct and misogyny in the police service can be read here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publication-html/an-inspection-of-vetting-misconduct-and-misogyny-in-the-police-service/
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