Can women trust the police? | News – The Guardian

Zoe Billingham spent more than a decade as an investigator of police misconduct across England and Wales. Last week, on her last day as senior inspector at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Wayne Couzens was sentenced to a whole-life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

The trial revealed that Couzens, a former Metropolitan police officer, used his police ID and handcuffs to deceive Everard on the night of her disappearance. Now the Met is facing serious questions: how was he allowed to continue serving despite having been accused of indecent exposure? Why was an officer with the nickname “the rapist” not under more scrutiny? And does his case reveal broader cultural issues within the force?

In her role as a police watchdog, Billingham spent much of her career looking at the structural failings that critics say can leave the public – and especially women – vulnerable. In this episode she tells Rachel Humphreys what police leaders need to do to fix the problem. And she warns that without serious reform, a case like Everard’s could happen again.

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