Praise for county’s rape unit
RAPE investigators in Cheshire are the best in the country, new figures show.
A report by the Government’s Rape Monitoring Group for 2015/16 show 22 per cent of the 434 complaints made to Cheshire Police resulted in charges. This is highest in the country and almost double the national average of 12pc.
In fact Cheshire Police claims its current charge rate stands at 28pc.
Chief Superintendent Serena Kennedy says the success is down to commitment to investment in its Dedicated Rape Unit and its excellent partnership with those who support victims of rape and sexual assaults.
She said: “In Cheshire we are following the national trend that has seen the rate of rapes reported to us rise by 50pc since 2011-12. We have responded by placing even greater resources into our Dedicated Rape Unit, which allows our specialist officers to tackle rape and sexual offences even more effectively while providing support for victims.”
In 2011/12 there were 129 reported rapes of adults and 87 of children. Of these 174 were referred to CPS and 62 resulted in charges. Between 2015/16 there were 297 reported adult rapes and 137 of children with 215 referred to CPS and 112 resulted in charges.