ACPO (the Association of Chief Police Officers) is about to review its Investigation Guidance relating to the Criminal Transmission of HIV, published in July 2010, which sets out the standards for police investigations in these complex and very sensitive cases.
NAT is collecting information on experiences of police investigations of people with HIV since July 2010 to feed in to this review process (NAT is on the review working group).
Please send as soon as possible, and ideally by Friday 9 March, any experiences you have had, good or bad, of police investigating people with HIV since July 2010.
This will be invaluable in ensuring the ACPO review addresses the real issues. Of course the individual’s details should be appropriately anonymised but as much information as you are able to share would be very helpful. For your information, the standards as to how the police should investigate criminal transmission cases can be found in the ACPO Guidance on the NAT Police Investigations page:
Failure to meet these standards will of course be of particular interest, as will how the clinic responded, impact on the person living with HIV, outcomes etc.
Whilst the focus of the review is on investigations around criminal transmission of HIV, it would also be useful to hear of any other police investigations involving people with HIV where HIV has in some way been ‘an issue’.
Please email Yusef Azad, Director of Policy and Campaigns, at NAT on email@example.com (you can also ring him to discuss any of the above further on 020 7814 6732).
Thanks in advance
Director of Policy and Campaigns
New City Cloisters
196 Old Street
London EC1V 9FR
T: +44 (0)20 7814 6732
F: +44 (0)20 7216 0111