Statement on former West Midlands Police officer convicted of child sex offences
Former West Midlands Police officer Allan Richards has been
convicted of dozens of sex offences against children over a 38-year
period, the majority of which were committed while he was a serving
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson said: "Allan Richards has let down the public and
"His crimes are the ultimate breach of trust. He exploited his
position and the victims he was meant to be protecting at the
lowest point of their lives.
"It is extremely worrying that he was able to remain an officer
until as recently as 2011, only a year before the introduction of
"I have commissioned a public report into the failings of West
Midlands Police to ensure nothing like this can ever happen again.
West Midlands Police needs to rapidly rebuild public confidence to
make sure Richards's vile crimes do not undermine the good work of
the vast majority of officers.
"The force has very serious questions to answer and I will make
sure the Chief Constable provides the answers the public - and
Richards's victims - deserve.
"Whilst the force have unequivocally apologised, West Midlands
Police also needs to examine the cultures at the time and re-assure
the public that they have made the changes required to prevent the
offending of a criminal like Richards taking place now."
The public report will be discussed in detail at the December
Strategic Policing and Crime Board.