**West Midlands Police praised for action on female genital mutilation and forced marriages **
West Midlands Police has been praised for leading the fight against forced marriages , honour based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM).
A new report from police watchdog HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found that the force was one of only three across the entire country which were “prepared” in all areas of protecting people from harm from these “often hidden and under reported crimes”.
Leadership, offender management and victim care were just some of the areas scrutinised by the independent body which spoke to survivors, questioned staff and analysed policies.
The report also identified the region as having the highest number of cases outside London.
Supt Angie Whitaker, from West Midlands Police, said: “Despite the abhorrent nature of the crimes examined by the HMIC, their independent report should make for welcome reading for local people.
“The paper makes clear that we take reports seriously and investigate thoroughly.
“While we are pleased that our hard work alongside community groups and support agencies has been recognised, there is much more for us to do.
“We are not complacent and acknowledge that forced marriages, honour based violence and female genital mutilation are often hidden and under reported crimes.
It kind of makes one change their opinion, perhaps we don’t need to vet any refugees, not for radical ties and not concerning a culture being imported as well.