Dorset Police Praised For Tackling Domestic Violence

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Published at 9:54am 15th December 2015.

Dorset Police welcomes a report issued by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) today, which assesses the way the Force identifies and protects vulnerable victims of crime.

In July 2015 the HMIC reviewed all 43 forces in England and Wales and also interviewed representatives from partner agencies.

Dorset Police was praised for putting victims and vulnerable people at the centre of police activity. The Force's overall performance was judged to be 'good'.

The report states that the Force has a significant focus on this area and this is understood by officers and staff at all levels.

The Force was found to consider the vulnerability of all individuals who ask for its services, irrespective of the nature of their request.

The Force was found to have a well-developed and effective process of risk assessing vulnerability issues, which is monitored robustly ensuring long term support measures are put in place where necessary.

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) David Lewis said: "We are pleased that HMIC has viewed the Force's ongoing work positively, and that the public in Dorset can have confidence that we provide a good service those that need us the most, although it must be stressed that we will not become complacent.

"We will continue to work in partnership with other agencies to ensure we share information at the right time to provide support and improve outcomes for victims."

The report made recommendations for the Force to improve its obligations under the code of practice for victims of crime.
The code sets out the service that victims can expect from organisations within the Criminal Justice System.

ACC David Lewis continued: "We recognise that we still have work to do to ensure that victims receive the best service. We have recently introduced the Victims Bureau and we continue to train our frontline staff in public protection issues and are continually reviewing our processes."

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