14 March, 2023

Commissioner Zoë responds to the release of national statistics on Police perpetrated violence.

Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe
Today, The National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing has released national figures for police perpetrated violence against women and girls, which describes violence carried out by a member of a police service including sexism and misogyny.

In response to the publication of these figures Commissioner Zoë has said:

“Perpetrators do not belong in police services and as an advocate for tackling Violence Against Women and Girls, I stand by victims who have endured any kind of violence from someone who should keep them safe.

“The national figures released today provide the public with some transparency around police perpetrated violence and the priority actions for all police forces to bring consistently high standards to the police response to violence against women and girls.

“There is Zero tolerance for this behaviour in North Yorkshire and I’m assured by the Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable of improvements to an already robust vetting process. The Force were also one of the first to implement a scheme which checks all vetted staff against the Police National Database (PND) every month and I’m proud to be one of few Commissioners who manage police complaints within my Office, providing an additional level of scrutiny on behalf of the public.

“Increasing public trust and confidence in police services is important to me and my partnership violence against women and girls strategy is already delivering on securing investment, developing partnership opportunities and offering bespoke Police staff training to ultimately ensure the right support is offered when victims report a crime.

“To support this work, I continue to request the views of the public and encourage everyone to complete my ongoing public trust and confidence survey, which helps me to gage the level of public trust and confidence in North Yorkshire Police and shape my future decisions in the best interests of communities. The survey can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/TrustConfidence

North Yorkshire Police have released their own local data, which the Deputy Chief Constable has commented on: www.northyorkshire.police.uk/news/north-yorkshire/news/news/2023/03-march/police-perpetrated-violence-against-women-and-girls/

The National figures can be viewed here: First violence against women and girls benchmark published (npcc.police.uk)