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Why do senior officers get paid more to ‘be responsible’ if they never suffer the consequences of their inaction?

An IPCC investigation has found that a woman, who was hospitalised after being attacked in her Cardiff flat by her partner, was let down by a consistent thread of low level performance by South Wales Police officers and members of staff.

The investigation found that the force failed to access, and to process, relevant information appropriately, and did not make the woman aware of the risks that the man - who was a registered sex offender with a record of violence - presented to her and her young children.

South Wales Police should have referred the matter to the IPCC at the time it happened; instead, the IPCC only became aware of it over a year later, when the woman's MP complained on her behalf.  The IPCC began an independent investigation in early 2013, completing it in April this year.

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