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Rape: Drugs

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training in the specific handling of cases of drug rape is available to police forces; and how many forces have taken up such training, broken down by rank of police officer provided with training. (165666)

Drug rape training is addressed in the initial policing learning and development programme (IPLDP) and in the specially trained officer course (STO). These two specific learning programmes are aimed at examining, and dealing with, the impact of drugs and alcohol upon a victim subjected to sexually offending behaviour.

The National Policing Improvement Agency provides national standardised training for delivery by all police forces in the above areas. Statistics on the numbers of officers who take up locally delivered training are not centrally collated.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces are equipped with readily available test kits to secure samples in the event of a complaint of drug rape. (165667)

In the summer of 2007, 38 police forces in England and Wales reported that they were equipped with early evidence kits to secure samples in suspected drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault cases. The other five forces were actively seeking to implement their use.