Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police has received an award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for its work on Project Vigilant.
Project Vigilant was launched in June 2019 to combat a rise in sexual offending in the night time economy in Oxford city centre.
The initiative targets predatory behaviour in order to prevent sexual offences taking place. It uses a combination of uniformed and covert officers to identify behaviour such as sexual harassment, inappropriate touching and loitering on nights identified by detailed analytics where an increase in this type of behaviour is anticipated.
The IACP award for crime prevention was presented to the force on Friday 23 October via a virtual ceremony held for the award winners.
The project has also received support from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and is now being shared as best practice across other police forces.
On receiving the award, Chief Inspector James Senior, said: “It is a real privilege to receive this award on behalf of the force. It is fantastic that the project and work of our officers and staff has received international recognition and those involved in its implementation should be very proud.
“This project has been instrumental in safeguarding the public and creating a hostile environment for perpetrators wanting to commit sexual offences in Oxford. Due to its success we hope to roll this initiative out to other areas across the Thames Valley.”
Crime Prevention Award Sponsor, ecoATM said “Crime prevention has been part of ecoATM’s DNA for over a decade. That is why we are proud to sponsor the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Crime Prevention Award and recognise Thames Valley Police’s innovative program.”