David Honan has recently arrived on Island for a two year contract in the Police Service, where he will specialise as a Sexual Offences Investigator. He will form part of the Safeguarding team, which focuses on law enforcement and education on prevention of abuse crimes.
“There have been issues raised recently where there have been some inappropriate relationships between teenagers and adults. We are looking at a number of things, including increasing our visibility through the schools. It is our job to make sure the youth in our society are aware of the risks, allowing them to make informed decisions about their own wellbeing.”
An Achieving Best Evidence course is soon to commence in the Police Service, to assist Police Officers and staff in Social Services to collect the best evidence when carrying out interviews and working together. David is keen to work closely with all relevant agencies on St Helena, so that the total effort becomes more effective in terms of overall delivery.
“I am keen on local Saint Officers filling the roles within safeguarding. It is important to build on their experience and local knowledge. And the Achieving Best Evidence course will help local Officers to build their skills and knowledge, thus helping to increase confidence of their role within the community.”
David is also an experienced CID Officer, so his secondary role on Island will be to investigate and deal with serious crimes. David has served with the North Wales Police for the last twenty years, focusing on public protection issues.
The Sexual Offences Investigator is a new role, and David highlighted:
“This appointment demonstrates that St Helena Government is committed to dealing with safeguarding issues that have arisen recently. SHG takes very seriously the issue of sexual abuse.”
If you would like to report a sexual or domestic offence, please call:
- Police Confidential Helpline 22888
- Emergency Line 999 or
- General Enquires 22626
23 September 2014