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Operation Soteria was launched as a response to the government End-to-End Rape Review, and the Home Office pledge to increase the number of rape cases making it to court.
Currently, there are 19 Police forces taking part in the operation which is a National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) led and Home Office funded research and change programme. The scheme aims to transform the policing response to rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) and will result in a national operating model which will be rolled out to all 43 Home Office forces.
Last week, Detective Inspector Clare Foreman and Superintendent Simon Williams from the North Wales Police Protecting Vulnerable People Unit attended a national Operation Soteria conference at the College of Policing in Ryton.
Officers and staff from all 19 Soteria Police forces attended along with members of the Mayor of Police and Crime Office and the Soteria Central Team. Chief Constable Sarah Crew from Avon & Somerset Police was also in attendance as the national lead for rape and serious sexual offences.
The conference was aimed at shared learning and collectively creating innovative ways to improve our approach to rape and improve the victim journey.