Officers continue to investigate historical child abuse as part of Operation Whistle, launched last June and focusing on abuse in institutions, and abuse involving Persons of Public Prominence (PPPs), better described as well-known people in the public eye.
Figures for Operation Whistle as of the 12th February are:
• 7 investigators on the team
• 71 allegations received
• 26 new complaints since Operation Whistle went live in June 2015
• 4 institutions subject to on-going investigations
• 57 suspects identified, including 16 PPPs
• 33 of the suspects are deceased including 11 PPPs
• 41 named victims currently engaged with officers
• 9 suspects arrested
• 13 interviewed under caution
• 2 charged, with 1 conviction in February 2016
• 7 released on police bail pending further enquiries or legal advice
• 3 files with the Law Officers Department for consideration of prosecution
• 31 on-going investigations
• 4 UK investigations aided by SoJP
In excess of 100 witness statements have been taken since the operation was launched and a major component of these investigations involve engagement with the victims of abuse, many of whom now have the confidence to come forward and report the abuse they were subjected to, knowing that they will be treated sensitively and respectfully.
Throughout this process The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry and the Independent Safeguarding Partnership Board chair have been kept apprised, and the team have worked closely with multi-agency partners and voluntary organisations such as JAAR.
Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull – Head of Crime Services said:
“The team continue to work tirelessly on these complex investigations, working in support of victims and constantly assessing the potential on-going threat and risk from alleged offenders. Despite the passage of time, we remain committed to holding alleged perpetrators to account. An additional 26 victims have come forward since we commenced this operation last June, which reinforces our belief that victims continue to demonstrate trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.”
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