The Partnership is pleased to be working on a project which is already  dramatically improving the outcomes  for known domestic violence victims.  The  TecSOS initiative, funded by the Vodafone Foundation and working in conjunction with Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police, uses the latest mobile phone technology to prioritise and highlight emergency calls from victims.  The scheme, already successfully introduced in other parts of Europe was revealed to the public on 29th September 2011.

The device is being wholeheartedly welcomed by victims …

”  I feel safer when out and about “

“…..enables me to continue with my day to day life “


Further information from john.liversidge@tecsos.co.uk or visit the TecSOS site

HRH Duchess of Cornwall thinks TecSOS is “pure magic”.

TecSOS Mgr John Liversidge with Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and HRH Duchess of Cornwall

The hard work, enthusiasm and leadership of the Partnership’s TecSOS team was highlighted last week  during a visit of HRH Duchess of Cornwall to the Metropolitan Police. The Duchess was welcomed by Met. Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at the force’s headquarters and received a briefing on the TecSOS project from John Liversidge, the Partnership’s TecSOS Project Manager. The Duchess learned at first hand how the TecSOS programme is changing the lives of those affected by domestic abuse and described the technology behind this, which was developed by the Vodafone Foundation, as “pure magic”.

The visit, which was later tweeted from Clarence House Twitter account, was featured on Channel 5 news and in national media. If you would like to learn more on this visit please follow the media links below:

Channel 5 News 
Telegraph – Duchess of Cornwall hails ‘magic’ of secret panic alarms for domestic abuse victims
Daily Mail
The Sun
Vodafone’s technology blog

Hear about TecSOS on Radio 4

Radio Link

Radio 4 Woman’s Hour recently featured an interview with Carmel Napier, Chief Constable of Gwent Police in relation to the TecSOS programme.  Follow the link above to hear the clip. 


Key TecSOS Events and Highlights

Summer 2012 – Chief Constable’s Commendation – The TecSOS project was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation following its successful implementation in Gwent. The award was presented at the Gwent Police annual awards ceremony by the Chief Constable Carmel Napier who is also the ACPO portfolio lead for Domestic Abuse. The award recognises the excellent partnership working between Thames Valley Partnership, Gwent Police and Vodafone.  Gwent Police was the first force in the UK to achieve full roll-out of the TecSOS handset.

Pictured from left to right are; John Liversidge (Thames Valley Partnership), Carmel Napier (Chief Constable of Gwent), Graeme Orphan (Gwent Police IT and Airwave Department),  Graham Baker (Vodafone UK)


June 2012– John Liversidge TecSOS Project Manager was presented to the Duke of Edinburgh at the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant at Henley Business School. The Duke was shown the device and given an explanation as to how it operates.



2013 Award for TecSOS:   SBD OPSI - smallThe TecSOS project was  awarded ACPO Secured By Design status. Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and acknowledges quality security products and crime prevention projects.   SPD is an internationally renowned organisation and held in high regard by all those within policing and local government. This licence, which runs for 3 years, entitles the use of the SPD logo on all promotional material and promotes the term ‘Police Preferred Specification’ in relation to the project.

House of Lords – Spring 2013 – The Partnership  ran  an event at the  Lords highlighting the work of the TecSOS programme and hearing from both users of the system and evaluators of the results to date. The event  on 16th April was well attended by forces as well as strategic leads.

The Commissioner’s Policing Excellence Awards 2013/2014:  TecSOS was entered and shortlisted  for the  Technology Award in October  and invited to the London ceremony on 21st January.   The citation  acknowledged the difference that TecSOS has made to the lives of over 1,000 victims in London and also praised the way in which people had been brought together from different business areas to design and deliver TecSOS.  The project is running successfully in all 32 London Boroughs and more than 1,000 Police Officers have now been trained. TecSOS is very much ‘business as usual’ now for the Met and the Partnership delivers a training input on both the Community Safety and Sexual Offence Investigation courses.


TecSOS team with Jamelia

House of Commons  – 26th September 2016:  The  Partnership staff were delighted to have the opportunity of celebrating the achievements of the TecSOS programme at a House of  Commons event, hosted by programme funders the Vodafone Foundation.  The awards evening recognised the endeavours of all those whose commitment and sheer hard work has helped transform the lives of those suffering domestic abuse.    Recording artist/actress Jamelia Davis who also attended gave a moving personal account of her own experience of domestic abuse.


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