CPS blueprint for prosecuting rape has improved charge rates
New data from the Crown Projection Service reveals charge rates for rape have increased along with rape referrals from police forces.
APCC Joint Leads for Victims, Donna Jones and Sophie Linden, said:
"The Blueprint represents a necessary step forward in the relationship between policing and the CPS. The public rightly expect that the police and justice service should be working together effectively to achieve better and more timely outcomes for victims of crime. For too long they have not.
"Charging rates are increasing nationally but remain far too low. It is right that policing and the CPS are gripping this issue and taking action to improve the situation, through initiatives like Operation Soteria. As PCCs our role is to work with and hold the police and other agencies to account for the services they deliver on behalf of the public. We will continue to do so."