Royal Air Force Police – Rape, serious sexual assault and domestic abuse investigations

Published on: 15 June 2022

Publication types: Domestic abuse, Inspection and Rape

Police Forces: Royal Air Force Police

This inspection focused on how well the Royal Air Force Police (RAFP) prevents domestic abuse and rape and serious sexual offences, and how well it investigates these incidents.

Our terms of reference also asked us to examine how well the RAFP supports and safeguards victims of these crimes and how well it provides governance for these activities.

We conducted this inspection at the same time as inspecting the Royal Military Police and the Royal Navy Police against the same terms of reference.

While the three service police forces have unique operating contexts, they all form part of the UK Armed Forces, fall under the remit of the Ministry of Defence and have some of the same important processes and capabilities. Therefore, some of our findings and recommendations relate to all three service police forces.

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Service police forces need to improve how they handle rape, serious sexual offences and domestic abuse