I don’t know yet what to make of this. Are they rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic or is this a step in the right direction ?
Those convicted of sexual crimes are extremely likely to have offended in the past and re-offend in the future. There needs to be a central national coordinating police unit. Is this it ?
We also need a national police investigation into paedophilia. Police Operations like Op Fernbridge, Op Fairbank, and Op Pallial will never uncover the true scale of the historic and current problem of child sexual abuse. Abusers move freely around the country, so why are police operations restricted by geographical boundaries ?
The Metropolitan Police teams that specialise in rape and sex assault cases are to undergo a major reorganisation after a series of failed investigations, the BBC has learned.
The changes will see investigators of rape, sexual assault and child abuse brought together in a single department, comprising 1,400 staff.
At least 100 extra officers will be recruited, it is understood.
The Met is also considering changing the name of the Sapphire rape teams.
BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw says although the Sapphire teams include many experienced and highly skilled detectives, the name has become associated with a series of failed investigations.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has conducted nine inquiries into the force’s handling of sexual assaults.