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Force praised for tackling domestic abuse

Northumbria Police commissioner Vera Baird and Chief Constable Sue Sim talk to students at Harton Technology College

Northumbria Police commissioner Vera Baird and Chief Constable Sue Sim talk to students at Harton Technology College

NORTHUMBRIA Police Chief Constable Sue Sim and Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird have welcomed a report praising the force’s approach to tackling domestic abuse.

In a report published yesterday, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, found that tackling domestic abuse is a clear priority for Northumbria Police.

It highlights the good work to deliver services to victims to help make them safe.

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim, said: “Northumbria Police is one the eight forces identified by name as giving a good response in terms of supporting victims of domestic abuse.

“HMIC notes that the force has an above-average arrest rate with 86 per cent of domestic abuse crimes recorded resulting in an arrest, and 50 per cent of arrests resulting in a charge.

“High-risk incidents are dealt with by the most experienced investigators and specialist staff also deal with the highest-risk victims and perpetrators.”

Vera Baird said: “I am pleased the report finds a lot of very clear positives.

“Where it highlights areas for improvement, such as training for front desk staff lagging behind training for phone responders, we will put this right very quickly, with the help of local victims’ groups and I know our staff will welcome this.”

 

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