Academic team: Dr Emma Williams, Richard Harding, Dr Nicky Miller, Dr Arun Sondhi, Dr Linda Maguire, Jennifer Norman, Rachel Ward
Policing partners: West Midlands Police, Metropolitan Police Service, Durham Police and South Wales Police
Status: In progress
Project Bluestone forms the policing, operational arm of a wider project reviewing rape across the criminal justice system in England and Wales called Operation Soteria. The research will mirror the methodology of Bluestone 1 with four new forces on board - the Metropolitan Police Service, Durham Police, West Midlands Police and South Wales Police.
The project brings together leading academics from across the UK to work alongside police officers and seeks to improve the investigation and response to rape and serious sexual assault. The research is split into six workstreams all looking at different aspects of the investigative process:
The CPRL research team, headed by the Lead Investigator Dr Emma Williams, are working on the learning and development and wellbeing workstream and will seek to explore the relationship between the training delivered in the four forces for those involved in RASSO investigations, their developmental requirements and how these are identified, learning experiences and officer wellbeing.