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 financial year 2013-2014, following the high profile Operation Yewtree.
As part of the review, Dame Elish scrutinised working practices, reviewed sample case files and consulted with victims and other organisations to build an overall picture of the service to victims.
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A multi-agency working group has been established, the role of which is to progress these recommendations.