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Lancashire Police recruiting 40 extra officers for new rape and sex offences unit

Posted on - 10th February, 2022 - 10:17am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Politics, Preston News
40 extra officers will join the police

Extra police officers are set to join Lancashire Police in Spring 2022 as part of a dedicated Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Team.

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The 40 extra officers will significantly increase the number of officers tackling this type of crime, joining existing officers across Preston and Lancashire to bring offenders to justice and improve outcomes for victims.

The new posts will be created thanks to the Police Uplift Programme as well as additional funding raised through the precept, the policing element of council tax.

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Assistant Chief Constable Ian Dawson, who is leading the Violence against Women and Girls workstream at Lancashire Police, said: “Lancashire is recognised nationally as having a high number of positive outcomes for people affected by rape and sexual assault, however, we know there are areas in which we can improve.

“The investment is very welcome, and these additional officers will further enhance our ability to provide the best possible service to victims and to bring perpetrators to justice.”

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Claire Powell, Area Manager for Lancashire Victim Services added: “We understand the terrible effects sexual abuse can have on victims and the importance of being there when they need us.

“Our specialist team is here to provide emotional support and practical help to ensure people can move forward from what has happened to them.

“My message to anyone affected by rape, sexual assault or sexual violence of any kind is simple: Please contact us. We will work with you at your pace, and we will help you find the best way forward for your circumstances.

“You can contact us through the live chat option on our website, over the phone or by sending us an email, we are here to support you whenever you are ready.”

Lancashire Victim Services can be contacted 24/7 via the live chat at lancashirevictimservices.org or by calling 0300 323 0085.

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