London Lite Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13 Met rape unit is staffed with untrained cops 30%arentsexcrimeexperts Scotland Yard came under fire today for staffing a new unit to catch more rapists with untrained detectives. out of 349 staff at the central command, 112 -- one in three -- are on temporary six-month contracts and will receive training only if they choose to stay. officers are also frustrated by delays in setting up the 1.3m reactive intelli- gence unit in lewisham. It will now not be fully up and running until april. the revelations come after senior officers were criticised for leaving untrained officers to hunt taxi driver rapist John Worboys and street stalker Kirk reid. Both were eventually convicted earlier this year. Valerie Brasse, a member of the Metropolitan Police authority, said that she is c o n c e r n e d a b o u t t h e untrained officers. noting that some members of the new team will have had no experience investigating rapes, Mrs Brasse said: Given the reasons for setting it up, that seemed a rather uncomfortable place to be. the new 21.5m centre bringing together the Sapphire teams of regional sex crime units under one umbrella, was unveiled in September. designed to han- dle an additional 4,000 sex crimes every year, senior officers hope it will improve the poor conviction rate for sex attacks. a police spokesman said: Getting 400 staff put through a new training course was never going to happen instantly. However, this is being pro- gressed as quickly as possible. all changes will be in place by 1 april. by KEVIN WIDDOP Jayceebonds withmother after18years THESE are the first pictures of child captive Jaycee Lee Dugard reunited with her mother. Ms Dugard, 29, was found this year after being kidnapped 18 years ago near her familys home in California. She was kept in a backyard compound owned by Phillip Garrido, 58, where she gave birth to two girls. Snapshots published by Hello! magazine show a smiling Ms Dugard on horseback, accompanied by mum Terry Probyn. Friends say the pair are bonding well by talking and cooking together. Reunited: Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at 11, with her mum Terry Probyn First photos: snaps and full story in Hello! Serial attacker: taxi rapist John Worboys, jailed this year index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html