Major investigation and public protection

Operation Hydrant

Operation Hydrant is coordinating multiple historical child sexual abuse investigations around the country. Relevant investigations are those which involve either people of public prominence and/or abuse which has taken place in an institution. In most cases the victims are reporting abuse which took place when they were children. The College of Policing is developing bespoke briefing notes to support forces running such investigations. These will be released on a phased basis, and will also be published on POLKA (Police Online Knowledge Area). A dedicated community will be jointly facilitated by the College and the Operation Hydrant Major Incident Room. The POLKA community will also provide a platform for practitioners to highlight any areas where guidance is unavailable or ambiguous, and to allow the learning to be captured as it arises. Until the dedicated Hydrant community is available, documents will be held on the APP POLKA community. Briefing notes:

(Further briefing notes are currently under development and will be published in due course.) Reference material

All documents are available via the APP community on POLKA, which is a RESTRICTED online tool with access limited to registered PNN and GSi users.

Hunt widens for VIP paedophiles

Entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court. Inset: Tessa Munt MP Photograph: REUTERS

POLICE have set up a national VIP sex crimes group in response to the growing number of politicians and celebrities accused of child abuse. As hundreds more victims came forward last week and it emerged that government whips had shredded compromising records on MPs, chief constables revealed they were conducting at least 21 separate criminal investigations. Simon Bailey, the chief constable of Norfolk, who is running the national group, said 30 senior officers involved in investigating MPs, peers, and other “prominent” figures were now co-ordinating their work. The new police inquiries cover the whole country. “There are 13 forces currently investigating 21 cases. These are allegations against elected officials, celebrities, people of public prominence and people directly connected to them,” Bailey said. He said the recent convictions of Rolf Harris and the publicist Max Clifford had given victims the confidence to come forward knowing that they would be believed.