Police and CPS must work together to address falling rape prosecutions – report

The watchdogs found both organisations were more cautious in investigating and prosecuting cases compared with other crimes

The police and the Crown Prosecution Service must stop the “blame culture” that sees the organisations “pointing the finger” at each other for the failure of rape victims in the criminal justice system, according to a joint report from the police and CPS inspectorates.

In the first-of-its-kind joint report, the watchdogs said both organisations had to overcome the “deep division” between them and tackle the “underlying problem” of a culture of defeatism within their workforces, which made them more cautious in investigating and prosecuting rape cases compared with other crimes. The number of rape prosecutions has collapsed in the past five years.

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