/ Talon: Tackling Rape and Sexual Crime

Talon logoGreater Manchester Police is committed to tackling rape and sexual assault by supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims, and GMP’s campaign, code-named Talon, aims to continually improve the support services offered to victims of this crime.

If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515. See links below for the contact details of further support agencies.

We understand it is your decision whether to report it and it is one you shouldn’t be pushed into, but it is important to remember that the sooner the assault is reported, the more evidence we will be able to collect to help prevent you or someone else being hurt again.

If you do decide to make a report, we will do everything we can to make sure you and your family receive the best possible care and support. Your welfare is our priority and we have 900 specially trained officers working on a 24-hour basis to offer advice and support to victims.

What is Talon?

Talon is the process put in place by Greater Manchester Police to monitor and respond more effectively to incidents of rape and sexual assaults.

It ensures that specially trained officers follow a specific set of standards and procedures when investigating sexual crimes so that victims are supported throughout the criminal justice process and offenders are caught and brought to justice.

Furthermore, Talon draws on the expertise of staff from partner agencies, including St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Survivors Manchester and Rape Crisis, who play a vital part in helping the Force to investigate and detect these crimes, along with ensuring that a professional response is provided to all victims. 

Why has Talon been established?

  • In recognition of the serious nature of sexual offences and the impact on the victims
  • To reduce the number of these offences including rape, sexual assault and people trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • To ensure victims are given the best possible service and support
  • To increase the number of victims coming forward to report rape
  • To ensure sexual offences are thoroughly investigated so that offenders are brought to justice and prevented from committing further crimes
  • To raise awareness of the support services available to victims to give them the confidence to report incidents and take it through the criminal justice process
  • To improve conviction rates in Greater Manchester

What will Talon do?

  • Intelligence: information obtained from victims, members of the public, police officers, Crimestoppers and partner agencies is gathered and analysed to provide a better understanding of sexual crimes and those responsible
  • Investigate: Police officers and staff are dedicated to investigating sexual crimes
  • Enforce: Officers actively target offenders to help ensure they are brought to justice
  • Support: There are specially trained police officers and staff from partner agencies in place to support victims from the moment they report an incident through the whole criminal justice process
  • Prevention: Raise awareness of personal safety issues, while, reminding potential offenders that sex without consent is rape and ‘no means no’
  • Encourage: Victims and witnesses to come forward and report such offences to either the police or other support services.

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