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RAF Police Secondment on Project VERTO

On the 5 July 2021 the Provost Marshal (RAF), Chief of the RAF Police Group Captain David Wilkinson met with the Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Charlie Hall to discuss Project VERTO.

L-R: Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Group Captain David Wilkinson
L-R: Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Group Captain David Wilkinson

Project VERTO is a secondment program between Hertfordshire Police Criminal Investigations Department and the RAF Specialist Investigation Branch (SIB), which provides a platform for investigators from both Forces to share tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure RAF SIB continue to operate to National best practice.

Group Captain Wilkinson said:

I am pleased to see the extent to which our relationship with Hertfordshire Police has evolved, working closely with staff throughout the organisation to ensure we provide the best possible policing and investigative service to victims of crime within the Royal Air Force. I look forward to seeing further innovative ideas and opportunities, including the exploitation of digital solutions between our two organisations in the future.

The project provides exposure for RAF Police investigators to a varied range of complex criminal offences expediting their own development. It is hugely valuable to the RAF Police as it offers a platform for intelligence sharing and exploits further training plus joint working opportunities which are hugely beneficial to both organisations.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said:

It gave me great pleasure to welcome Group Captain Wilkinson and his colleagues to Police Headquarters to mark Project Verto. It has been a great opportunity for detectives from the RAF’s Specialist Investigation Branch to work in a busy Local Crime Unit, and they have really risen to the challenge.

He added:

Partnership working always makes us stronger, enabling us to continually improve our service to the public. We are very much looking forward to further developing our relationship with the RAF Police in the future.

L-R: Temporary Deputy Chief Inspector/RAF Police Reservist Corporal Jason Finnegan, Squadron Leader Andy Beney, Wing Commander Nick Card, Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Group Captain David Wilkinson, Flight Lieutenant Lee Elliott
L-R: Temporary Deputy Chief Inspector/RAF Police Reservist Corporal Jason Finnegan, Squadron Leader Andy Beney, Wing Commander Nick Card, Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Group Captain David Wilkinson, Flight Lieutenant Lee Elliott

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