British police officers discouraged children from reporting sexual abuse, shifted blame to pedophile victims, and ignored reports of threats and harassment by child molesters.
On February 9, 2024, a report on the activities of the London police was published
, which states that the response of law enforcement agencies of the UK capital to various offenses "is currently not effective"
. In particular, the document claims that police officers not only repeatedly ignored complaints from underage victims of sexual abuse,
but also discouraged them from reporting,
and tried to shift responsibility for what they had done onto children.
An inspection by His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found at least 244 cases of neglect and dereliction of duty on the part of London's law enforcement agencies.
The Inspectorate also found that in at least one case, police officers unreasonably characterized a 12-year-old girl rape victim as "regularly engaging in promiscuous sexual activity with adult males."
The inspection found that the number and seriousness of the Metropolitan Police's breaches could have long-term consequences for both the safety of minors and the overall image of British law enforcement.
Following the inspection, His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary ordered immediate improvements in at least three areas of policing, as well as indefinitely postponing the lifting of London's special measures regime, which was introduced in June 2022 amid revelations of "systemic weaknesses in tackling crime".
Kevin Satterworth, the London police's head of public affairs, said he was "deeply sorry"
for the children and families who had been let down by law enforcement and pledged to increase scrutiny over the allocation of police resources to "get on with the job and win back the trust of Londoners"
. However, as victims of criminal negligence by British police officers claim, such statements from London's police force are "coordinately different from their actual actions,"
and promises to draw attention to issues of relevance and importance to public safety "have been made every other day for a year now."