RGP officers receive specialized training in dealing with child abuse

Royal Gibraltar Police officers use their knowledge and skills to tackle some of society’s most heinous crimes – child sexual abuse and exploitation – with two days of professional team-led training of the British Hydrant program.

The Hydrant Program, part of the National Council of Chiefs of Police, was created to provide coordination between police departments with respect to child abuse and exploitation.

It was created after a flurry of not-recent sexual abuse reports following the death of Jimmy Savile and revelations of his offence.

Its mandate was expanded in July 2022 to include the full spectrum of child abuse and online crime.

The Hydrant program also acts as a center of knowledge and expertise, with regard to child abuse and exploitation investigations.

These can be some of the most complex investigations undertaken by police services and Hydrant ensures that learning and best practices from previous investigations are captured to inform future investigations, ensuring that the policing approach continues to evolve. and improve.

Part of this role includes visiting police forces to share knowledge, practices and resources.

The visiting team includes Deputy Hydrant Program Director, Detective Superintendent Pete Hornby; Rob McKinnell, Peer Review and Peer Support Manager, and Communications Manager, Jacqui Hanson.

Together, the three team members bring over 100 years of policing experience.

About thirty RGP agents will follow this training.

Detective Superintendent Pete Hornby said: “We were delighted that the RGP invited us to share our knowledge in this way.”

“Child sexual abuse and exploitation investigations are among the most complex undertaken by the police, and it is extremely satisfying to see the force’s commitment to keeping abreast of all the latest knowledge and practice, ensuring that every victim receives the best possible service, and that investigations have the opportunity to benefit from and be benchmarked against national guidance and policies.

RGP Detective Superintendent John Field said: “This training course is part of our broader commitment to the continuing professional development of our officers.”

“We are grateful to the Hydrant team for coming to Gibraltar to update our officers in this very complex area of ​​policing – especially in such a tight-knit community like ours.”

“The team also provides us with live investigation reviews to benchmark us against current policies and practices and to help inform the decision-making of our senior officers.”

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