Shake-up after rape failings

The Metropolitan Police is planning a major shake-up of its rape investigation unit - after a series of serious failings.

More constables in reshuffle

The majority of the 100 extra officers will be of constable rank, and the unit will lose Det Ch Supt Duthie, who will become head of homicide next month, and one superintendent.

He stressed that officers will retain their specialisms in terms of the types of crime they investigate.

"This is a high-risk area and we need to make sure that we've got the right people with the right training."There would be a danger if we were to use 'omnicompetent' officers. But we've made a conscious decision that this is a high-risk area, we need to have dedicated officers investigating dedicated types of crime."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Duthie

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Officer numbers boosted

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Scotland Yard Credit: PA

It comes after a number of failings. Detectives at a unit in Southwark were found to have pressured victims to drop charges to boost performance figures.

Today the current head of the central Sapphire command Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Duthie said officer numbers dealing with sexual exploitation including grooming gangs would be boosted.

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