County police win praise for rape and domestic violence convictions

Ron Ball
Ron Ball

Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the county’s police for the ‘dramatic’ improvements in recording rapes in the county, and prosecutions and convictions for domestic abuse.

Warwickshire is as the third-best performing county for domestic violence convictions in the first quarter of this year, with 103 convictions compared to 289 in total for 2013/14.

Figures for 2014 so far show 119 rapes over seven months accurately recorded, compared to just 134 in 2012 and 169 in 2013.

Some 27 per cent of offences recorded since April this year were committed over five years ago.

The previous low rape recording figures were the focus of new figures released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) earlier this week. The improvement in both areas has been attributed to the hard work of police officers, as well as moving over to an electronic crime recording and investigation system, and allows greater scrutiny into investigations.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “These figures mark an important turning point for Warwickshire Police. It is a clear indication that the force has listened to victims and taken on board recommendations from the HMIC, to achieve this dramatic improvement.

“Further to this, the rise in the number of rapes reported that were committed over five years ago demonstrates how public confidence in the police is rising. I want to ensure that this continues.

“I am delighted that Warwickshire’s work on domestic violence conviction rates is being recognised nationally.”