Criminal Justice

[image: Rory Freeman]Superintendent Rory Freeman is Head of Criminal Justice at Thames Valley Police.

The Criminal Justice department is responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of criminal justice within Thames Valley Police.

This is from when a person is charged with an offence through to the completion of the judicial process.

Superintendent Rory Freeman took over the role as Head of Criminal Justice (CJ) in January 2014, having spent the previous three years as a deputy to the Head of CJ, covering the county of Buckinghamshire. He is intent on focusing on building upon and enhancing working relationships with the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service.

Rory joined Thames Valley Police in 1992 and worked as a patrol officer at High Wycombe, Bourne End and Aylesbury. In 2000, he moved to the Headquarters Public Order Department where he spent almost five years training police officers to manage public disorder and protest. Since leaving the Public Order Department, he has led patrol, neighbourhood and custody policing teams across Oxfordshire as both a Sergeant and Inspector.

The aims of the Criminal Justice department are:

  • To enable and support Basic Command Units (Oxfordshire, Berkshire East, Berkshire West, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), departments and partners in delivering justice, by improving the part that the Criminal Justice department plays in the Criminal Justice system.
  • To make sure that offenders are dealt with effectively.
  • To provide support to officers dealing with the prosecution process – from the initial registration of a file through to finalising case papers.

The vision for the department through to 2010/11 is:

  • Protecting the public by bringing offenders to justice.
  • Supporting the officers and staff out on the streets.
  • Treating people as we would expect to be treated ourselves.