Spaces for this session are limited to 1 per organisation. 30 spaces are being allocated to techUK members with, 10 of these reserved for SME's.

This workshop focusing on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) will be the first of three workshops which are part of The London Policing College's 4th International Policing Conference. Their objective is to consider the challenges for policing through the themes identified in the ‘Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales’. Discussions will examine current effective practice and how this can shape responses. This workshop will focus on:

Based on the learning from Operation Soteria Bluestone, it will include the NPCC and College of Policing framework for delivery of Policing Violence against Women. This workshop will consider findings, approach, framework, evidence capture, and challenges to transforming policing practice.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Betsy Stanko, Senior advisor and co-academic lead for Operation Soteria Bluestone
  • Lizzie Peters, Head of Programme Management for Operation Soteria Bluestone
  • Parm Sandhu Former Chief Superintendent specialising in VAWG who will facilitate the workshop discussion.

Feedback from the workshop will be used at the International Policing Conference ‘Policing in 21st Century – Renewing Confidence in Public Protection’ in September 2022 as the framework to develop plans for action. The workshop will produce potential solutions to police service challenges and identify those activities which we can present to develop a rounded, integrated plan, for the development of policing. We will consider:

  • What are the Issues for Violence Against Women and Girls and what is the next step?
  • Learning from Operation Soteria Bluestone: what change is required to improve police investigation of rape and other sexual assault?
  • How does policing take forward the three pillars from this innovative report?
  • Build trust and confidence; Relentless perpetrator pursuit; Safer spaces

This workshop is a consultative forum to discuss the learning from Operation Soteria Bluestone, an innovative, Home Office funded, MOPAC hosted, transformation programme aimed to improve the investigation of rape and sexual assault. The police-academic collaboration builds on the learning from Project Bluestone, a pathfinder project now undergoing integration into Avon and Somerset Police. Four additional deep dives using the methodology devised for Avon and Somerset have been completed. Operation Soteria Bluestone has identified clear learnings and supported improvements to the police’s overall response to Violence Against Women and Girls.

There will be two workshops to follow later in July on the themes of:

Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, National Security, techUK

Raya Tsolova is the Programme Manager for National Security at techUK. 

Raya is responsible for all National Security related activities across techUK, specifically in the established programmes of Defence, Cyber Security and Justice & Emergency Services. Raya will leverage relationships with existing stakeholders across the three programmes, and will build new relationships between techUK and key stakeholders who are of interest to member companies. 

Prior to joining techUK, Raya worked in Business Development for an expert network firm within the institutional investment space. Before this Raya spent a year in industry working for a tech start-up in London as part of their Growth team which included the formation and development of a 'Let's Talk Tech' podcast and involvement in London Tech Week. 

Raya has a degree in Politics and International Relations (Bsc Hons) from the University of Bath where she focused primarily on national security and counter-terrorism policies, centreing research on female-led terrorism and specific approaches to justice there. 

Outside of work, Raya's interests include baking, spin classes and true-crime Netflix shows! 

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Georgina Henley

Georgina Henley

Head of Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services Programme Manager in March 2020.

Georgie is dedicated to representing suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling into blue lights and the justice system, but also by helping them in navigating this market. Georgie is committed to creating a platform for collaboration, from engaging with industry and stakeholders to understand the latest innovations, to the role tech can play in responding to a range of issues our justice and emergency services are facing 

Prior to joining techUK, Georgie managed a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Westminster. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and London borough councils to prevent and reduce the impact of crime on the business community. Her work ranged from the impact of low-level street crime and anti-social behaviour on the borough, to critical incidents and violent crime.

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