New unit in Rotherham identifies potential victims of crime and offenders

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth outside South Yorkshire Police's Dyson House.
Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth outside South Yorkshire Police's Dyson House.
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A new team has been set up in Rotherham to identify offenders who may be preying on vulnerable adults in the town.

The Vulnerable Persons Unit is an adult protection scheme launched to safeguard the vulnerable from harm and exploitation.

The unit handles cases that don’t always require police intervention, such as adults requiring the care and support of other agencies, but once a month meetings will be held to identify potential offenders.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “The point is to watch and gather intelligence, report that intelligence, and target exploitative offenders who engage in this despicable crime

“This is an incredibly complex issue because many vulnerable adults do not realise that they are victims of crime, so they aren’t reporting concerns to police or other agencies.

“We need the support of our partner agencies and the wider public in Rotherham to ensure that vulnerable adults in our communities are protected and kept safe from harm.”

The Vulnerable Persons Unit, established by the Safer Rotherham Partnership, is made up of police officers and representatives from Rotherham Council.

It is tasked with identifying vulnerable adults that are believed to most at risk of harm or exploitation from criminals.

The unit will then co-ordinate a multi-agency response.