Police and Crime Commissioner approves investment in tackling domestic abuse in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 15:18 31 October 2016

Herts Police Commissioner David Lloyd

Herts Police Commissioner David Lloyd

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Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has approved a significant investment in a specialist unit which tackles domestic abuse.

Over the past 12 months 2.1million has been invested in the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU), and a recent decision has been made to bolster the unit with an additional £700,000.

The total number of officers and staff working within the DAISU is now 70, which will help to deal with increased demand.

DAISU was established in January this year, and domestic abuse now accounts for more than 13 per cent of all recorded crime, which is an increase of three per cent from last year.

Mr Lloyd also commissioned a review into the domestic abuse service last year, resulting in a new joined up approach and strategy for all agencies.

He said: “Domestic abuse is a hateful crime which shatters lives. More victims are coming forward which hopefully shows the confidence they have in the way we deal with their cases.

“However there are many more cases which go unreported and increasing the size of our investigation team will help us to do more to tackle those who abuse the people closest to them.”

Since its launch in January, the DAISU has dealt with 10,587 crimes.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill Jephson said: “Safeguarding the vulnerable remains our top priority and the expertise of police officers and staff based within DAISU has improved our ability to effectively respond to the complexity of domestic abuse and bring offenders to justice.”

Every day Hertfordshire’s frontline officers deal with an average of 50 domestic violence cases, and in 2014-2015 accounted for a quarter of custody detentions.

The DAISU team works seven days a week from 7am to 11pm, and the funding will help them investigate even more cases of abuse.

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