It is right that Philip Allott resigned today, however he should have resigned two weeks ago after he made his abhorrent comments about women and how Sarah Everard should not have “submitted” to her arrest by her murderer. I believe his statements were incredibly hurtful, and if anything has put women more at risk. Right now women and girls just don’t know who to trust. However, someone who holds such an important position should have had the insight to resign, and even this morning, following a no confidence vote in him, he said that he would not. With public service, comes responsibility, he failed at both.
Now all attention must focus on how confidence and trust can be rebuilt in our police and public services. Engaging and listening to women and girls will be the first step to understanding the significant risks that we face on a daily basis, whether walking down the street or at home. We need to ensure that all agencies, including City of York Council, education and health services work closely with the police to improve women’s safety, and we need Government to ensure that there is a statutory inquiry into the safety of women and girls and they need to recognise the importance of engaging men and boys in the process.