It is intended to ensure tackling the problem and rebuilding confidence in policing is a top priority for the force.
The strategy includes five themes:
Safety in public – improving feelings of safety in public for women and girls
Criminal justice/suspect and offender management –improve confidence in criminal justice, increase reporting and achieve better outcomes for victims.
Recording of crimes and incidents – to help ensure we understand the scale of the problem of violence, abuse and intimidation of women and girls so we can put measure in place to address it.
Internal culture – to ensure officers and police staff are meeting the highest standards of behaviour and take steps to ensure greater internal accountability and legitimacy.
Communications and engagement – Demonstrate what the force and other local agencies are doing to address issues of violence, abuse and intimidation of women and start to rebuild confidence in policing.
Detective Chief Superintendent Suzanne Baker said: “Recent incidents, most notably the murder of Sarah Everard, really highlighted the significant issue around women’s safety and damaged confidence in policing.
“It has however provided a watershed moment in society’s determination to tackle violence, abuse and intimidation against women and girls and, it is important that as a police force we grasp this opportunity to deliver lasting positive change.
“We have identified these five key areas that will help ensure we address the concerns of women and girls, and ultimately increase confidence in policing.
“Everyone should feel safe in their community and have confidence in the service provided by their police force. The launch of this strategy comes with a commitment that we will work tirelessly to deliver this and I urge our communities to hold us to account for delivering this.”