The Partnership is pleased to be working on a project which is already dramatically improving the outcomes for known domestic violence victims. The TecSOS initiative, funded by the Vodafone Foundation and working in conjunction with Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police, uses the latest mobile phone technology to prioritise and highlight emergency calls from victims. The scheme, already successfully introduced in other parts of Europe was revealed to the public on 29th September 2011.
Gwent Police was the first force in the UK to achieve full roll-out of the TecSOS handset and the handset is currently live in 26 UK forces with additional forces signed up and preparing to go live. To date over 6,500 high risk victims of domestic abuse in the UK have been issued with the handset and there have been over 1,000 live activations. The new device is being wholeheartedly welcomed by victims …
” I feel safer when out and about “
“…..enables me to continue with my day to day life “
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The Commissioner’s Policing Excellence awards run each year - TecSOS was entered for the Technology award last autumn - being shortlisted in October and invited to the London ceremony on 21st January. The citation acknowledged the difference that TecSOS has made to the lives of over 1,000 victims in London and also praised the way in which people had been brought together from different business areas to design and deliver TecSOS. The project is running successfully in all 32 London Boroughs and more than 1,000 Police Officers have now been trained. TecSOS is very much ‘business as usual’ now for the Met and the Partnership delivers a training input on both the Community Safety and Sexual Offence Investigation courses. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on TecSOS.
Radio 4 Woman’s Hour recently featured an interview with Carmel Napier, Chief Constable of Gwent Police in relation to the TecSOS programme. Follow the link above to hear the clip.
2013 Award for TecSOS
The TecSOS project was awarded ACPO Secured By Design status. Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and acknowledges quality security products and crime prevention projects. SPD is an internationally renowned organisation and held in high regard by all those within policing and local government. This licence, which runs for 3 years, entitles the use of the SPD logo on all promotional material and promotes the term ‘Police Preferred Specification’ in relation to the project.
House of Lords - Spring 2013 - The Partnership ran an event at the Lords highlighting the work of the TecSOS programme and hearing from both users of the system and evaluators of the results to date. The event on 16th April was well attended by forces as well as strategic leads.
June 2012- John Liversidge TecSOS Project Manager was presented to the Duke of Edinburgh at the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant at Henley Business School. The Duke was shown the device and given an explanation as to how it operates.
Summer 2012 – Chief Constable’s Commendation - The TecSOS project was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation following its successful implementation in Gwent. The award was presented at the Gwent Police annual awards ceremony by the Chief Constable Carmel Napier who is also the ACPO portfolio lead for Domestic Abuse. The award recognises the excellent partnership working between Thames Valley Partnership, Gwent Police and Vodafone. Gwent Police was the first force in the UK to achieve full roll-out of the TecSOS handset.