New focus on victims from Wolverhampton police launches today
Police in Wolverhampton are poised to make substantial changes
to the investigation of murder, child and domestic abuse cases all
set to focus firmly on the needs of the victim.
The changes being rolled out across the city today (Monday 16
June) form part of a force-wide reorganisation in the arena of
public protection and investigation.
The scale of change is unprecedented, bigger than the size of 27
other UK forces, and is as a result of a 12 month force review by
West Midlands Police into its public protection and investigative
The new operating model will see an additional 243 officers
bolstering the numbers within public protection with an extra 14
officers in Wolverhampton.
Forcewide teams focused on areas such as vulnerable adults,
child sexual exploitation and emerging trends will also be able to
provide additional local support when needed. Those teams launched
earlier this month.
The changes have been made following wide scale consultation
with local partner agencies and are being rolled out across the
force throughout this year.
Wolverhampton and Walsall are the first local areas to "go live"
with the new model.
Key changes include:
- Centralised forcewide teams investigating murders and child
- The creation of a specialist forcewide vulnerable adults team
and an emerging trends team
- All acquisitive crime (e.g. burglary, vehicle crime) will be
investigated by Local Policing Units, putting local investigators
at the heart of local criminality
- Violent crime investigation will be clustered, with the
expansion of the remit of the homicide and serious, organised and
complex crime teams
- Three sexual offences team working alongside sexual offender
managers will work on a clustered basis across the force
- The focus of public protection will be expanded with the
creation of local child and domestic abuse teams and the creation
of a vulnerable adult unit.
- Closer collaboration between teams working across the public
protection and investigation
Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said: "I am pleased that
by the end of this year, the establishment in this important arena
will have increased by nearly double providing much needed support
and resilience to an area of great demand.
"The changes to the allocation and investigation of crime, which
will bring together constables and investigators, are a very
positive step forward.
"They will help to strengthen knowledge and working practices
across the force to benefit of victims of crime.
Kathy Cole-Evans from the Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum
said: "We welcome these organisational changes being made by the
police, in particular the closer alignment of officers who focus on
protecting victims with those officers who investigate crimes and
gather evidence to prosecute offenders.
"This has significant potential to increase the number of
offenders brought to justice and improve outcomes for victims."
The new child and domestic abuse teams and local investigation
teams will today start working from Wolverhampton Central police
The violent crime team, dealing with all violent crime from
common assault to attempt murder will be based at Wednesfield
police station in a move that will see response officers relocate
to the nearby Wolverhampton Central police station.
A sexual offences team will be based at West Bromwich police
station covering the whole of the Black Country providing 24 hour
cover seven days a week.
Commenting on the changes Superintendent Paul Drover said:
"These changes are being implemented to provide an enhanced
level of service to victims and witnesses of crime.
"Extensive work has been undertaken to understand the depth of
work being carried out across our public protection and
investigative teams and the changes have been made very much in
consultation with our partners.
"There will be no change to the delivery of local policing in
Wolverhampton. Officers and PCSOs will continue to respond to calls
in their area and deliver neighbourhood policing to
Many of the new teams have detectives and uniformed officers
working together, allowing offences to be allocated to officers
based on the complexity of the investigation required.
Pictured L/R Bob Jones, Yvonne Mosquito, Supt Paul Drover,
Chief Supt Danny Long, Youth Commissioner Sandeep Bains and Kathy
Cole-Evans of Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum