Written by Karen Moore head of Policy at the Women's Resource Centre (WRC):
There are now less than 2 months to go until the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections and today, as you may be aware, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have published the findings of their investigation into police abuse of power.
This followed a report by the Guardian which found worrying levels of sexual abuse by police.
Amongst other recommendations, the report is calling on the police to develop a code of conduct 'setting out required standards of behaviour between police officers and staff and those who use the police service or come into contact with police.'
It also recommends strengthening relationships with local voluntary sector organisations including women's centres.
With the PCC elections around the corner, this report may a useful tool for lobbying your local PCC candidates and making the case for ensuring that women's organisations have an opportunity to influence the priorities of PCCs. Details of WRC resources that can help you engage with PCCs, including template letters for candidates, can be found here: http://www.wrc.org.uk/what_we_do/our_projects/safer_future_communities.aspx
As part of the Safer Future Communities partnership with Clinks, Drugscope, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS), National Association of Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), Women's Resource Centre is working to raise awareness of PCCs and help women's organisations to engage and influence their PCC candidates.
Please circulate this information to your networks and contact us if you would like any further support or advice on this issue: