Academic team: Dr Emma Williams, Richard Harding, Dr Nicky Miller, Dr Arun Sondhi, Dr Linda Maguire, Clare Rawdin, Rachel Ward
Policing partners: All forces
Status: In progress
Operation Soteria Bluestone, the national research programme that seeks to improve the police investigation and response to rape and serious sexual assault (RASSO), has moved into its third and final year following the launch of the new National Operating Model for RASSO investigations this summer. Dr Emma Williams and the research team will once again lead on Pillar 4, the work stream concerned with the embedding of officer learning, development and wellbeing.
Operation Soteria Bluestone was a national Home Office funded research and change programme, led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and hosted by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). It was a collaborative programme bringing together police forces with academics and policy leads to use evidence and new insight to enable forces to transform their response to RASSO. The ultimate product from the programme was the national operating model (NOM) for RASSO to be used by all 43 Home Office police forces. The NOM advocates a victim-centred, suspect-focused and context-led approach to investigations based on the research conducted in years 1 and 2. In July 2023, the NOM was launched.
The focus for year 3 of the project is threefold: