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Panel will scrutinise how police tackle violence against women and girls

  • Last Updated: 15-09-2022 at 13:09

An independent panel has been set up to scrutinise the work being done to tackle violence against women and girls by Lincolnshire Police.

The panel, created by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, will study the actions being taken by the force and reports on its findings.

Members of the panel will also be tasked with bringing forward ideas and recommendations designed to make positive change and improve confidence in policing.

The decision by the PCC comes in the wake of the tragic murders of Sarah Everard, Julia James, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman which have brought discussions about the safety of women and girls to the fore.

The knowledge that the perpetrator of Sarah Everards murder was a serving police officer, and the inappropriate actions of officers at the scene of the Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry murders, have eroded the confidence of some members of the public in policing.

An Opinions and Lifestyle Survey carried out by the Government in March this year showed that women were twice as likely to feel unsafe walking in a park or open space alone after dark.

Women were three times more likely to feel unsafe walking through a street close to home in the dark and nearly half of all women reported feeling unsafe even in busy public spaces at night.

“As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire my focus is on making our communities feel and be safer.  I know that our Force takes the issue of violence against women and girls very seriously and the Chief Constable and I are both clear in our commitment to tackling this issue,” said Mr Jones.

“But it is vital that the public have confidence in the force and work being done and an independent panel, reporting its findings publicly, can only help build that confidence.

“I also believe that the panel will bring helpful and constructive ideas forward and help the force ensure it leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit of positive change.”

The panel, chaired by Lincolnshire YMCA chief executive Caroline Killeavy, met for the first time recently but is still seeking volunteers for membership of the group. View details and apply here.

“I am delighted to be able to support this initiative and the PCC and Chief Constable deserve enormous credit for seeking advice and independent scrutiny on this issue.

“I look forward to playing a part in helping to make a real positive difference in our communities.”