A question of consent

BedsThere’s no conventional profile of a rapist – it can be anyone.

The public’s perception is that rapes are usually carried out by a stranger but these are actually a rarity. In most cases, the rapist is someone who is known to the victim.

In this case, the victim had met the suspect in a bar on a night out, but they didn’t know each other before that evening. It was one of the first rape investigations I was involved in from the very beginning.

The case was called in by the hospital the woman visited after the incident.  It’s not unusual for people not to report such an incident directly to the police, if they report it at all – it’s a hugely difficult thing to relive such an ordeal.

We immediately launched an investigation. We didn’t know who the suspect was, so we had to start from scratch.

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Don’t kick off this summer

England-two_social-squareSo we now know who has won the football Premier League, the FA CUP, who has been promoted, and who has suffered the heartache of relegation.

Normally as a football supporter you would have to wait until August before the action starts again, however this year we have the European Championships – aka Euro 2016.

So how will this affect the way we police?

As the weather gets warmer, and the football kicks off, more alcoholic drinks will be consumed and emotions will be heightened.

From today (Friday 10 June), when the tournament kicks off, police forces across the country will be preparing for an increase in domestic violence, violent disorder and alcohol related public order offences. Continue reading

Getting the bug for cyber

Sean O'Neil 2Bedfordshire Police’s new Cyber Security Advisor Sean O’Neil is a former senior investigating officer who for the past three years has utilised his investigative background in the business sector with a large ecommerce company.

With a wealth of experience in the business arena and 30 years’ police service under his belt, Sean’s mission is now to provide cyber security advice to businesses throughout Bedfordshire.

I am an investigator at heart.

I investigate issues which cause problems in the community, whether that be extortions, kidnaps or even murders. In the ecommerce industry I started to work on reputational issues, still making use of those policing skills to find out who might be attacking the company externally.

Working in ecommerce, the crimes I was looking at and liaising with police on were all enabled by a computer. I had to learn advanced systems really quickly and soon realised the scale of this type of criminality.

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