Wednesday, 4 August 2021

New police team launched in York to lead historical sex abuse investigations

Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder, leader of the new unit

YORK: A NEW police team has been set up to deal with investigations into historical sex crimes. The Non-recent Abuse Investigation Team (NRAIT), based at Fulford Road police station will focus on cases of abuse more than a year old and on institutions and organisations where suspects have been in a position of trust. Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder will head up the team, which is part of the force’s £3m investment in improving protection of vulnerable people, and will also comprise a detective sergeant, two detective constables and four police staff investigators. Two more investigators will be recruited for the team next year. DCI Harder said: “We know sexual abuse is under-reported but we are now seeing an increase in reports to the police, which is a good thing, as it means that people have more confidence in the criminal justice system and more people are accessing the support that is available to them through the agencies who work alongside the police. “We urge anyone who is the victim of sexual abuse to report it, regardless of how long ago it happened.

Your information could also trigger measures that are put in place to protect other victims, and help to inform a bigger picture of offending, both of which can help to protect and potentially reduce the risk to future victims.” Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “The impact of sexual abuse can have repercussions for victims over many years. Our Supporting Victims team are dedicated to helping anyone who has suffered abuse in the past, and I would encourage people to contact them, whether or not they have reported to the police. “I am glad to see that North Yorkshire Police continues to take this matter very seriously. I hope to see this new team working with our communities to increase reporting, especially where vulnerable people are most isolated.”

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