Investigating harassment

PC Jeevan Sahota is one of Bedfordshire Police’s Accelerated Detective Programme students. Last year he investigated a harassment case which resulted in two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for a persistent offender.

I was given this case in March 2020, when I was assigned to the Crime Investigation Team.

At this point the victim reported that she had been receiving threatening and upsetting text messages, emails and even letters by post, for three months. There was no way to immediately link the online messages to one person as they were all sent from different phone numbers.

The messages contained demands for money and threats that a compromising video of the victim would be released to her friends and family. In fact, the video never existed, but the offender kept sending upsetting and offensive messages.

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Answering your calls this Christmas

Our Force Contact Centre does not stop nor slow down for Christmas and New Year. Our staff will continue to work hard to make sure you are safe this festive time.

Inspector Gareth Coombs will be Oscar One on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, working 6am to 6pm.

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“I will see my children on Christmas Eve at my mum’s house – where I still get a stocking, even at the age of 39! Continue reading

“Police career is what you make of it”

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PC Esther Carroll joined Bedfordshire Police in 2002 and has committed her policing career to protecting vulnerable victims of domestic abuse, honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. She has received two Chief Constable’s Commendations for her Forced Marriage investigations and a ‘True Honour’ award by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Right Organisation.

Esther is retiring this month and she took some time to reflect on her incredible career and contribution to the force.

Before I joined the police I tried a number of career paths, Although they weren’t what I was looking for in my life, the experience definitely helped me with being the best police officer I can be. Continue reading