Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary
Dru Sharpling, CBE
In 1997, Dru, a barrister, was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for Central Casework in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the forerunner of the Casework Directorate. This role involved dealing with serious and sensitive cases, including substantial fraud, terrorism, breaches of the Official Secrets Act, extradition and confiscation.
She left the CPS in 1999 to work in the City as an associate with Penningtons, a well-established firm of solicitors covering corporate, private client and commercial property work, as well as public administrative law.
In June 2002, Dru rejoined the CPS as Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London Area.
Dru took up the position of Her Majesty’s Inspector in September 2009 and has responsibility for 13 forces covering the Midlands, Wales and South West areas. In addition, Dru also has responsibility for the Criminal Justice Joint Inspectorate portfolio, working with other criminal justice inspectorates such as HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, the Care Quality Commission and the equivalent Welsh inspectorates, across a range of criminal justice issues.
Since joining HMIC, Dru has continued her commitment to improving the criminal justice response to vulnerable people by publishing a number of reports highlighting areas of concern. Notably, ‘Stop the Drift’ in October 2010, an examination of 21st century criminal justice and ‘Forging the Links’ in February 2012, examining rape investigation and prosecution, have been recognised as significant pieces of work which continue to influence practice in these areas. Dru currently chairs the national Rape Monitoring Group which regularly reports to the Home Secretary on the progress of criminal justice agencies in dealing with rape and serious sexual offences. She led on the child protection programme of inspections, as well as the treatment of vulnerable people in police custody and child sexual exploitation in the 21st Century reports.
Dru has now been appointed to the Independent Enquiry on Child Sexual Abuse as a panel member.
Dru has an avid interest in music and plays the piano and double bass.