It is now urgent that a full, national independent investigation on the culture of Policing is conducted.
People should have faith in their Police force and officers, but the sad truth is that there is not a Police Force in the country that is immune to misogyny, racism and other prejudice. This has manifested itself most appallingly in the murder of Sarah Everard. Her murder must now act as the catalyst for urgent root and branch reforms.
As a former Special Constable, I saw first hand how important culture change is. Women should not be told to flag down buses to feel safe; for too long harassment and abuse has been normalised. Now is not the time for warm words. Now is the time for action to stop violence against women and girls.