The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the public to trust the police in the wake of Sarah Everard murder trial, he acknowledged there are serious problems with the way violence against women & girls is tackled and he has promised to fix the system that sees a shockingly low number of successful prosecutions for rape.
It follows a whole life sentence given to PC Wayne Couzens for falsely arresting Sarah before raping and then murdering her; a senior police officer said women should be more suspicious if stopped by police.
But I say it’s the culture of policing that needs to change.
Now let’s look at the Metropolitan Police, 771 Met officers and staff have been accused of sexual misconduct allegations since 2010 over the same period, 163 Met officers were arrested for sexual offences only 38 were convicted following investigation.
109 women have been killed since Sarah’s death by men in the UK – an average of two a week. HTV Wales contacted all four of the Welsh police forces yet no one from any force was available to comment, how convenient! Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said in a statement “we will continue to work hard to end violence against women and girls and do everything we can to build trust”
If you were to be stopped by a policeman for any reason whatsoever I would encourage any young girls or women even my own daughter and nieces who have concerns about the suspicious behaviour of a policeman even if he should show you his warrant card to call 999 if they feel in danger, or run away from the officer to a populated and well-lit area, once you have arrived home call 101 and explain the circumstances of why you have run away etc.
It’s the force’s own fault why no one has any faith or trust in them any longer, it’s not just the Met officers, it’s throughout the Constabulary. Here in North Wales, we have also experienced officers being sacked for sexual offences,
- PC Ian James Clark jailed for rape he received five years
- PC James Cleverley Evans who was jailed for downloading indecent images
- PC Wynne Morris for sexually abusing a young girl
- PC Gary Donnelly jailed for indecent assault
- PC Robert Welch who groomed a young girl then took his own life
- PC Dave Gardner who arrested a male and then returned to his home to have sex with the male’s wife, he was forced to resign for inappropriate behaviour
- DC Shaun Parry faced a misconduct hearing on the 19th and 20th of February 2019 the case was found proven and to be gross misconduct; Parry was dismissed without notice.
- PC Bradshaw jailed for 8 years, he groomed 2 girls for sex.
There are many more, it’s absolutely shocking.
Our police are there to protect us, people should be able to walk the streets without fear of harm and with full confidence. Wayne Couzens has brought disgrace to the uniform in the way he took advantage of Sarah’s trust, it makes me feel sick to the stomach.
We ask ourselves time and time again who vets these monsters that join our police forces?
What I found astonishing is on Friday the 1st of October, HTV Wales as I’ve already stated approached North Wales Police and asked for any comments regarding the Sarah Everard case? No one was available to comment, but on the very same day North Wales Police appealed on social media and on the police website asking for help following an assault on a police officer!
Please read below what Detective Sergeant Taylor Jones had to say:
“APPEAL | Following an assault on a police officer in Towyn last night, we are requesting the assistance of the community and are appealing to witnesses or those who may be involved to come forward with more information.
An officer was called to reports of a number of individuals on off road bikes congregated around Towyn Prom, to the rear of Golden Sands Caravan Park last night (Friday 1st October). It is thought they were present at the location between 7pm and 9pm.
The officer was assaulted at the scene and has sustained injuries.
Detective Sergeant Taylor-Jones said: “We come to work to serve and protect the public – every day we deal with very difficult and challenging situations, putting ourselves in harm’s way to uphold the law and protect the public.
“We must be able to carry out our duties as safely as possible – being assaulted is not and should never be regarded as ‘part of the job’.
“We’d appeal to members of the community to come forward with any information they may have about this incident.”
Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family at this sad time.
There’s been no posts for a while but there’s loads of stuff to come very shortly, your comments are welcome.
JFT97 – YNWA