Independent Office for Police Conduct Provides Update on Progress of Rotherham Investigation

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has today released an update on the progress of its investigation South Yorkshire Police’s response to non-recent allegations of child sexual abuse (CSA) in Rotherham, Operation Linden.[1]

The scale of Operation Linden has increased significantly from 62 investigations in April 2017, to 98 investigations today. These investigations include the investigation into whether the former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, committed perjury when giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. 45 investigations have now been completed and 33 current and former officers remain under notice that they are being investigated. The investigation is supporting 53 survivors of abuse.

Whilst the IOPC has not revealed details of individual investigations, they have confirmed that some investigations have identified potential misconduct.

Commenting on the news, Sarah said:

“I appreciate the huge complexity of the task facing the IOPC, but it is important that these investigations are concluded in a timely and thorough manner. I am therefore pleased that the investigation is making progress and that the allegations against current and former police officers are being taken seriously.’

‘Rotherham cannot hope to rebuild until we are able to draw a line under the horrific abuse suffered in our town. To do that, we have to know the full truth about what happened, to know that statutory services are robust and that those who failed young people so badly face the consequences. Most importantly, perpetrators must be prosecuted and face justice for their vile crimes.’

‘It is good to know that progress is being made on several of these fronts, but I am clear that there is still a long way to go.’

[1] https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/news/iopc%E2%80%99s-rotherham-child-sexual-abuse-operation-continues-grow

Alexander Guest