Crime Fighter of the Year - Partnered by Bonnier Books

The Crime Fighter of the Year Award is to honour the person(s) or organisation that has made a profound impact on a case or on the criminal justice system as a whole. All six recipients of this award exemplify what a ‘crime fighter’ truly is.


Aisosa is an advisor, mentor and trainer, with lived experience of crime and gang involvement. He works with projects aimed at protecting children and young people from criminal exploitation, and is also a founder member of the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Lived Experience Advisory Panel. Aisosa’s decision to prevent young people being caught up in crime places a risk on his safety, but he’s committed to making a positive change, as well as creating more effective approaches to safeguarding.


An expert in countering modern slavery and human trafficking, Helene has shone a light on this crime, giving a voice to the vulnerable and improving knowledge and understanding on an international scale. She has also introduced the Victim Navigator program into the Metropolitan Police force, which has seen an increase in victims of trafficking supporting police prosecutions, rising from 33 per cent to 83 per cent.


A community-driven, victim-first initiative, The Cyber Helpline works with thousands of people who have been victims of online harm, from cyberstalking to cryptocurrency scams. Providing a free, confidential helpline run primarily by volunteers and managed by Charlotte Hooper (pictured), the Helpline assists victims to feel safe physically, financially, and emotionally. It helps people secure their online safety, recover from the issue and gather evidence, and also provides advocacy for those in need.


Rachel is the founder of SUTDA (Stand Up To Domestic Abuse). After 18 years in an abusive relationship, she was shot and severely injured by her partner, who killed himself after the attack. A short while later, her 16-yearold son Jack died by suicide. Rachel now trains police and organisations about domestic abuse, coercive control, and the impact of traumatic relationships. She also runs the VOICE programme, designed for victims and survivors of intimate partner abuse.


John Battle, a media lawyer at ITN, spearheaded a 20-year campaign to film sentencing in the Crown Court, making legal history in 2022 when the Ministry of Justice allowed judges’ verdicts to be televised. John’s mission to bring greater understanding to the public and promote press freedom is also seen in his work to create the Reporters Charter, supporting the work of crime reporters, as well as a new Media Protocol, allowing visual evidence to be shared with media.


Sammy’s Law is a Bill named after Rotherham child exploitation survivor Sammy Woodhouse. The Bill would pardon child sexual abuse victims for crimes they were coerced into, and remove crimes from their records. The campaign is also asking for amendments to the Modern Slavery Act to ensure children are not criminalised while exploited. The campaign has support from PCCs, Chief Constables and charities throughout the UK.