More Criticism for South Yorkshire Police

Again our thanks go to our spotter, for this interesting piece in the Independent:

S. Yorks police still giving priority to vehicle crime over child exploitation, says watchdog

Senior officers from the police force that was heavily criticised over its handling of child sexual exploitation cases continue to prioritise burglary and vehicle crime over grooming victims, a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found.

The watchdog expressed “serious concern” over the actions of South Yorkshire Police which it ordered to improve with inspectors describing an inconsistent approach to child protection at local levels of the force.

Chief constable David Crompton was told to “get a grip” on child sex offending in Rotherham by se nior MPs last year following claims of widespread abuse of girls by Asian men in the town.Read on…..

And from the Guardian:

Rotherham child exploitation: police must improve, says commissioner

HMIC report says South Yorkshire police’s efforts to tackle sexual exploitation of children has had mixed success

A police force under the spotlight over its investigation of child sex exploitation must act immediately to improve its response, a police and crime commissioner has said.

Shaun Wright, the South Yorkshire PCC, said there had been “a failure of management” at South Yorkshire police, as he responded to a report on his force by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

The report, published on Monday, was commissioned by Wright in the summer. It said South Yorkshire police now showed a “clear commitment to enhancing the force’s response to the sexual exploitation of children”, and found “all the officers and staff working in child protection to be deeply committed to their work”. Read on…..

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