More police officers dedicated to sexual abuse investigations

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More police officers and staff are to
focus their efforts on investigating and preventing the sexual and
physical abuse of vulnerable people in Sussex, the police force has

Nine officers transferred to Sussex from other forces in October
in a drive to increase the number in Public Protection, which will lead
to more than 40 additional officers and staff in this area of work,
thanks to additional funding secured by the Police and Crime
Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

This comes as HMIC Rape Monitoring Data for 2015 and 2016 is
announced today, showing the trend of reporting of rape in Sussex has
continued to rise, in line with reporting across the country, as it has
for other serious sexual offences. The HMIC Data shows that in the 12
months ending March 2016, 973 rapes were reported in Sussex, compared to
826 in the previous 12 months. There was a 12 per cent increase in
recorded rapes of adults and a 10 per cent increase in those of
children. Since 2011 and 2012, reports of rape have more than doubled.

Detective Superintendent Jason Tingley said:
“Sussex continues to experience increases in reports of rape, sexual
offences and the abuse of both children and vulnerable adults, as
victims become increasingly confident to come forward and report
incidents, many of them non-recent.

“We welcome the publication of this annual data as evidence of
the continued focus by all agencies on the issue of rape and other
serious sexual offences.
“We already have specialist teams in
Sussex Police focused on safeguarding and complex abuse investigations
who are working closely with victims and our support agency partners.
With additional dedicated officers and staff we will be even more
effective in protecting victims and working closely with the Crown
Prosecution Service to maximise our opportunities to prosecute offenders
and keep people safe.”

Today’s figures show that Sussex residents
who are affected are now more confident in the services that are
available and that Sussex Police have improved their response

Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner

“The HMIC report refers to the need to comply with national
crime reporting standards, for which Sussex Police has achieved 95%
Katy Bourne said: “One of my priorities has been to
encourage victims to report all forms of abuse including domestic abuse
and serious sexual offences. Today’s figures show that Sussex residents
who are affected are now more confident in the services that are
available and that Sussex Police have improved their response. HMIC’s
rape data clearly shows that those who commit rape in our county are
more likely than ever to be tracked down, investigated and prosecuted.

“This validates the public’s support for my
decision to increase funding of safeguarding investigation units across
the county and specifically to fund a number of sexual offence liaison
“With this funding, I have also improved the support
available to survivors of rape regardless of whether they report it to
the police.
“For information about services to support victims of
abuse and other serious sexual offences, please see our web portal which provides direct access to help and support
for all victims and witnesses of crime in Sussex.”
Det Supt
Tingley continued: “The HMIC report does not specify the proportion of
rape offences relating to domestic abuse; however, we know that this is
significant. We have recognised the link between domestic and sexual
violence and the needs of children within that context, whether or not
they are specifically victims in their own right. That is why we have
developed a new approach to the way we investigate sexual offences that
ensures that we take an integrated approach to safeguarding those
children and adults who are vulnerable and at risk.”

In addition to new dedicated police officers, the
Police and Crime Commissioner has worked closely with local authorities
to secure additional funding for independent advocates to supplement
provision for adults, but also some dedicated resources to support
Sussex Police, in partnership with NHS England and local
authority partners, works with the Sussex-based Sexual Assault Referral
Centre (SARC). This service was the first in the country to be
commissioned, including a facility for child victims and providing
crisis support workers and forensic nurse practitioners on a 24/7 basis.

The SARC is the central point for onward referral to an
independent sexual violence advisor and counselling services provided by
local authorities.
Victims or witnesses of sexual assault can
contact police at any time via 999 in an emergency, by emailing
101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor by calling 101 and arranging to talk in
confidence to specially trained detectives.
For further help or support go to the Safe in East Sussex website,, or call 01293 600 469.

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