17 July 2019

Response to HMICFRS’ ‘Crimes against older people’ report

DCC Janette McCormick, director for policing standards at the College of Policing, said: “Today’s report highlights the importance of identifying vulnerable adults at the early stages of investigations, to ensure victims are protected and have the right support throughout any court process.

DCC Janette McCormick, director for policing standards at the College of Policing, said: "Today's report highlights the importance of identifying vulnerable adults at the early stages of investigations, to ensure victims are protected and have the right support throughout any court process.

"It is encouraging that areas of good work by forces were identified by the inspectors and the improvements in training and the response of officers and staff who come into contact with vulnerable adults were recognised. 

"The College of Policing's updated vulnerability training, which focusses on age as a factor which can impact a person's vulnerability and helps police identify and respond to specific risks and issues, is available to all forces across England and Wales and has already been delivered to more than 9,500 officers.

"It is concerning the inspectors found the service to some elderly people fell below expected standards and we will be working with agencies, including the National Police Chiefs' Council and Crown Prosecution Service, to examine the report and its recommendations in detail and continue to support policing to improve the protection of vulnerable people, whatever their age."


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