A new report, identifying the challenges faced by ex-Service personnel who enter police custody and ways to better support them, was released on 3 April 2017.
It found that the ex-Serving personnel who received intervention and guidance as part of Project Nova, and who were identified at the point of contact in police custody, have responded encouragingly to targeted support.
The report, A Pilot Study to Support Veterans in the Criminal Justice System, was funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, to examine the engagement and impact of a pilot veteran intervention programme, Project Nova.
Project Nova was delivered by RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking with the Wounded, in collaboration with Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, and a network of military charities and organisations to provide advice, guidance and support to ex-Service personnel who had entered police custody. The project placed particular focus on early intervention to prevent re-offending further down the line. It was delivered between July 2014 and July 2015 in Norfolk and Suffolk.