The operation is a criminal investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse against patients who were at Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit, St Albans, between 1969 and 1995, when the facility closed.
Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “I appreciate that this investigation is taking time but I need to ensure we recover all available material and give people the opportunity to speak to police about their time at Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit.
“The role of the police in this case is to investigate each complaint made to us, to then secure the available evidence and, where appropriate identify any potential offenders. We have received complaints that span almost 30 years, and this presents a significant challenge to the investigation. I want to reassure everyone that we are working hard to progress this investigation.”
Hertfordshire Constabulary takes all reports of sexual and physical abuse seriously regardless of how long ago the offence may have occurred and we have specialist officers who are trained in supporting victims through the investigation process.
Those who believe they have been a victim of this type of abuse can make contact with police by calling 101, using our online reporting option through the Op Meadow web pages, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
A central email - firstname.lastname@example.org - has been set up in order to receive any referrals and to answer queries. This email address will be monitored seven days a week and specialist officers aim to be in contact with any reporting person within 72 hours of their initial contact.
For additional help people can contact their GP or Samaritans on 116 123 or www.samaritans.org .