Suffolk up for two gongs at World Class Policing Awards
Suffolk Constabulary has been nominated in two categories in the World Class Policing Awards.
The awards celebrate and acknowledge the best in all aspects of 21st century policing with a total of 54 nominations recognised in nine separate categories.
DC Tom Farrell an Intelligence Development Officer from the Cyber, Intelligence & Serious Crime Directorate has been nominated in the new system/technology category, while the Fast Track Detective Entry scheme has also been nominated in the same category as well as three others – outstanding or complex investigations; training and development in a changing world and employee and officer welfare building.
Since 2014, Tom, an Intelligence Officer, has been responsible for proactive targeting of individuals who are suspected of downloading and sharing indecent images and videos of children online.
Tom’s work has led to the arrest of 320 individuals across Suffolk and Norfolk. In excess of 100 children have been safeguarded and 15 children protected as a consequence.
Tom has formed a close relationship with the Child Rescue Coalition, a charity which develops technology free of charge to law enforcement, and he has become an accredited trainer providing inputs to UK police and officers from other countries.
In 2017, Tom developed an innovative technological solution to target sophisticated online offenders who had remained undetectable for years. Tom has been seconded to the Home Office since 2017, creating many additional innovate proposals that have resulted in the identification and arrest of a group of high risk online offenders who were believed to be untraceable. His digital investigative skills in conjunction with the trial technology have led to some significant outcomes in areas such as counter terrorism, child sexual exploitation, fraud and serious crime.
The Fast Track Detective Entry scheme, launched in 2017, was borne out of the nationally recognised situation of a shortage of detectives in policing and the requirement to support existing detectives to deliver high quality investigations and victim care.
Senior detectives worked with the NPCC lead for detective recruitment, retention, resilience and wellbeing to develop the scheme. Promotion included social media activity, web chats and an open evening which attracted over 2300 enquiries resulting in 229 completed applications. Robust selection procedures included practical exercises, testing investigative decision making and observation testing. This resulted in 22 officers being selected.
Following their initial 10 week training, an additional programme of investigative based attachments was put together to support the officers with their understanding of various investigative departments.
Each officer was assigned an individual tutor and of the original 22 applicants, 17 have now passed their assessment. Each officer is embedded within the serious and complex crime investigation teams.
Tom said: "I’m delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the inaugural World Class Policing Awards. This represents many years of hard work by myself and many other employees in Suffolk, Norfolk and the Home Office.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger from Suffolk Constabulary said: "The Detective Entry scheme has benefited the Constabulary by supplementing staff in critical investigative roles. This innovative approach to recruitment has allowed increased diversity within the workforce and brought hugely talented individuals into the teams. The initiative has been shared with other Constabularies who are actively considering implementation and I am delighted with how successful this approach has proven to be.”
Chief Constable Steve Jupp said: "The ground-breaking work of DC Tom Farrell, who is part of the joint Suffolk and Norfolk Cyber, Intelligence, and Serious Crime Directorate, is an outstanding piece of policing for the modern age, and his shortlisting for these prestigious awards is a testament to that, as well as a great source of pride to both forces.
"I am also extremely pleased that Suffolk’s innovative Fast Track Detective Entry Scheme has been recognised as one of the leaders in this field at a national level.”
More information on the awards can be found here: https://worldclasspolicing.com/home#about
The World Class Policing Awards:
Recognise examples of "world class” policing
Celebrate excellence in policing, both in the United Kingdom and around the world
Encourage modern, progressive, collaborative and effective policing
Showcase individual, team and organisational achievement and success
Promote the sharing and delivery of innovation and good practice