CPS challenged over ‘risk-averse’ approach as charging rate plummets
The most senior police officer for rape in England and Wales discussed concerns about a more risk-averse approach to charging rape and serious sexual assault with the head of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Guardian can reveal.
A letter from Sarah Crew, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for adult sex offences, to every chief constable and force lead on rape reveals she had a meeting with Max Hill, the director of public prosecutions, about the government’s review of the treatment of rape in the criminal justice system. In the meeting, Crew raised the issue of whether the CPS has moved to a more risk-averse approach to charging.
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