Would this squad be of any use to your story idea?

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Each year the Home Office Tilley awards recognise innovative crime fighting projects where police, community groups and the public successfully work together to identify and tackle local crime problems.

From this years nominees, you may find the below of interest and maybe able to factor some of it in to one of your stories –

Operation Bluestone is Bristol’s specialist rape team (part of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary). It was formed in September 2009 in response to the poor detection rate for rape and the high rate of victim declines to prosecute rape in the city.

Operation Bluestone focussed on establishing a multi-agency team providing enhanced interdepartmental cooperation and introducing new working practices. It secured dedicated resources to provide a comprehensive service to victims and provided an improved capability in identifying unknown suspects and locating further evidence.

The team are now responsible for all victim-based contact, offering each victim tailored support and advice. During it’s first year of operation, the detection rate increased by 6 per cent and the victim declines to prosecute rate decreased by 13 per cent, when compared with the previous year (real term increases of 25 per cent  and 38 per cent respectively when compared with previous performance).

You can access a copy of the award submission at the link below –



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