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Changes in how crime on the rail network is investigated to go ahead



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We are today (Friday 3 March) publishing responses to a public consultation which sought views about the way crime on the nation’s rail network is investigated.

Between 12 October and 7 December 2016, we asked the public for views on how we should organise our criminal investigations business area, as part of a project known as the crime review.

The consultation sought views on several proposals, including:

  • a new way of prioritising crimes for investigation
  • the establishment of a national Major Serious and Organised Crime Unit, and a national Sexual Offences Coordination Unit.

A total of 73 individuals or organisations responded to our online questionnaire and six contacted us directly to provide their responses. We contacted 111 stakeholders to seek their views.

In light of the feedback, we plan to further enhance our approach to tackling sexual offences and plan to have six London-based proactive teams focused on deterring and detecting sexual offences as their main priority, rather than two.

This means that every day of the week, two teams will be carrying out this task. If we had continued with the proposal contained in the consultation – to have two teams solely dedicated to carrying out patrols focused on sexual offences on the network – there could have been days of the week where there were no proactive teams available to do this.

Other concerns had been fed back ahead of the consultation and so already formed part of the plans.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton, who oversaw the review, said: "We are grateful that so many people took the time to help shape how crime on the railway is investigated. Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation and gave us their feedback on our proposals. You have helped to ensure that we prevent and detect crime as effectively as possible.

“We are confident that any concerns have been addressed and we now have a clear direction for the future. This will ensure every victim of crime receives the same quality of service - no matter where in they are in England, Scotland or Wales – and we have the right people, in the right place, at the right time, and the flexibility we need to deliver the best possible service, now and in the future.”

We expect to start making the changes in April 2017 and complete this process by the end of the year.

To read the consultation response report, visit

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