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Police involvement

Through our specialist Unity team, we will respond to victims in a positive and supportive way to meet our responsibilities to gather evidence to identify, arrest and convict those who commit sexual assault as effectively as possible.

Victims who contact us can expect to speak to a member of the Unity team in person soon after reporting a serious sexual assault and we will start an investigation immediately to offer the best opportunity to obtain all the evidence available to support a criminal prosecution.

The Unity team is made up of specially trained Police Officers and Detectives who investigate reports of serious sexual assault across the Merseyside Police area. The team is supported by a number of Rape Specialist lawyers who work alongside the police to ensure that the best possible prosecution case is considered and instigated.

Our Unity Officers are specially trained to listen to the concerns of victims and provide continued support to all victims whilst their case is investigated and brought to a conclusion. Our priority is to ensure that we put the victim in these cases at the centre of our response to help them recover and see the offender put before the courts.

DCI John Armstrong, who leads the team said,

"We recognise that many victims are apprehensive about reporting sexual assaults to us but I would encourage them to come forward so we can help and reassure them. We have a number of key partners who work with us in caring for the victims who come forward and I can promise that our dedicated team will support all victims and address concerns that victims may have about the criminal justice and courts process."

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