World Class Policing Awards 2019- Op Encompass

Devon & Cornwall Police were praised for ‘world class’ investigations and ‘pioneering’ policing projects with their Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass procedures are now being engaged by 37 forces across the UK and the programme has developed as a charity with similar schemes being run in the Netherlands, USA and Australia.
Original story from Devon & Cornwall Police (Extract below)

On 14 November, Devon and Cornwall Police were named as the overall winners at the World Class Policing Awards for its ground-breaking work in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

The force beat off competition from 54 finalists, drawn from more than 100 outstanding entries from across the globe, to claim the overall prize at the new event recognising outstanding police worldwide.

The project, named ‘Operation Encompass’, allows officers and schools to identify and provide support to children caught up in domestic abuse as soon as possible. Over 46,500 children have already been helped by the scheme since its launch in 2011.

Thanks to the Operation, the force can now alert the school before the child arrives ensuring they get the care and support they need.

This ensures that the child’s welfare needs are met for the day and allows professionals to consider further support services for the welfare of the whole family.