New team to focus on rape and sexual offence investigations

06/12/2022

Detective in charge wants to leave no stone unturned in sexual offence investigations

A new dedicated team of specialist detectives are now in place at Thames Valley Police to support officers and detectives investigating rape and sexual offences in our area.

The team will provide practical help and advice and bring national best practice into the force to ensure effective and comprehensive investigations to bring offenders to justice.  They will also work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to identify any additional evidence gathering opportunities at an early stage of investigations.

Between 1 April and 30 September 2022 charges for sexual offences in the Thames Valley increased by 105% in comparison to the same period in 2021.   Charges for rape were up by 8%.

Leading this new team, Detective Superintendent Stuart Bosley said: “I speak for all investigators across Thames Valley Police when I say that we want to do the very best for victims of sexual offences. Part of this is doing everything we can to identify those responsible and gather enough evidence to bring a case to court as soon as possible.

“My team will be the subject matter experts in rape and sexual offence investigations that can support colleagues across the force. I want victims to have the confidence to make a report to us, knowing we will leave no stone unturned in their investigation and that they will get the support they deserve during an incredibly emotional time.

“Since the team’s launch, we have provided practical support to 19 investigations across the force; preparing files, carrying out suspect interviews, video recorded interviews with victims and carrying out CCTV enquiries. We have also embedded ourselves within two local policing areas for a week at a time to review and audit all their sexual offence investigations and to offer advice and support. This will continue in other areas across the Thames Valley in the New Year.

“The team will be relentless in pursuing suspects. Those committing offences should expect a knock on the door from the police and to be facing a court to account for their actions.”


Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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