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PSA President responds to launch on inquiry into issues connected to Sarah Everard murder

PSA President Paul Griffiths has commented following a Home Office announcement of a national inquiry into issues connected to the murder of Sarah Everard:

“We welcome today’s announcement by the Home Secretary.

“Our workforce has been rocked by the murder of Sarah Everard. A young woman lost her life at the hands of someone who should have been the epitome of trust and protection. Our deepest sympathies remain with her loved ones.

"The impact of this on public confidence in policing and on the morale and wellbeing of the thousands of officers and staff who go to work each day to protect and serve communities should not be underestimated.

“We must now work through the multitude of issues involved and every person in policing has a part to play in this.

“It's essential that we come together to tackle violence against women and girls, looking at issues including those within policing culture, through to everything that has enabled this to become part of wider society. Our association is committed to providing a positive and meaningful influence on this work. We will be bringing together superintendents from across the country this week to discuss how we can support this crucial agenda.”