Date: 28th Jan 2016
Former Commander, Peter Spindler who led Operation Yewtree spoke to Bucks New University’s psychology, criminology, policing and social work students this week (January 26) about the lessons they can learn from one of the highest profile UK investigations. Mr Spindler told them it was important that they adopt and promote a culture of reporting their suspicions as they embark upon their careers.
Operation Yewtree is a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile and others. The investigation, led by the Metropolitan Police Service, started in October 2012.
Dr Nicola Mallowan, Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Psychological Criminology at Bucks New University, said:
“At Bucks we ensure that our students are given the opportunity to apply the theories they learn to the real world so they are best prepared for their chosen careers. This practical application is achieved through placements and research projects as well as lectures from expert speakers. Peter Spindler provided a fascinating and valuable ‘behind the scenes’ insight into Operation Yewtree and his police career. Our psychology, criminology, policing and social work students benefited from hearing about the multi-disciplinary approach and the partnerships between different agencies which have been key to Operation Yewtree’s success.”
Peter Spindler gave students a detailed examination of how the police and NSPCC worked together to manage Operation Yewtree and implored students to speak up if they encounter anything suspicious. Mr Spindler said:
“I was delighted to share my experience with students at Buckinghamshire New University and debate some of the pertinent issues with them. The audience included those wanting to work in the police, criminal justice system and social work. Each of them is key to creating a culture of empowering professionals to report their suspicions. Jimmy Savile successfully groomed the nation and Operation Yewtree has demonstrated that each of us has a responsibility to speak up for those for whom we’re concerned.”
Picture: Peter Spindler with Dr Nicola Mallowan and students from the lecture.