And people wonder why survivors of child abuse have issues with authority ?
Still, one positive development is that Essex Police have at least acknowledged and apologised for this dreadful failure and that may not have happened in the past.
Two steps forward, one step back but we’ll get there.
Vulnerable children were left at the mercy of child abusers after a rogue police unit delayed the arrests of suspects during more than three years of systemic failure, officials said.
A 24-strong specialist child abuse team within Essex Police has been split up after an investigation appeared to show problems including the faking of a signature on a victim’s statement and failing to act on crime reports.
The Chief Constable of Essex apologised for the problems within some 30 inquiries that dated back to the 1960s and involved nearly 60 victims. The crimes included rapes, with some of the victims very young children.
Police said they had contacted the families of those involved to apologise for what had happened. Officials said last night it was “highly likely” that children had been abused as a result of the failure by police officers to carry out basic investigations.