In light of the serial abuse committed by armed police officer David Carrick, I asked the Home Secretary what steps the Government is taking to reform the police force so that we can begin to trust the police again.

It is easy to condemn offenders such as Carrick once they have been caught, but until decisive action is taken to stop these individuals from reaching positions of authority, and to prevent them from abusing their power, incidents such as these will keep occurring.

Carrickā€™s offences spanned decades, and there were nine allegations made against him while he was a serving police officer, but he continued to rise through the ranks. Those in positions of power such as Carrick should be held to the highest moral standards, yet for 20 years a senior police officer was able to abuse countless women without facing any consequences.

The role of the police is to protect us and to help us feel safe. How can women feel safe if the very people they look to for protection are part of the problem?

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