Met Police plans ’16 days of action’ to tackle domestic abuse in London

THE Metropolitan Police Service is to deliver bespoke domestic abuse training to all its basic command units, as part of ‘16 days of action’ to crack down on the problem.

The force announced the plan on Monday, November 25, also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’, or ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’.

Its aims include ‘improving detection rates’ of the ‘under-reported, largely hidden’ crime.

Other targets are ‘improving the initial and follow-up responses’ and ‘reducing the number of people in the capital who are victims’.

A spokesman said: “The 16 days of action will see enhanced activity on basic command units, focusing activity and resources on tackling domestic abuse, targeting perpetrators and safeguarding victims.

“The activity will be supplemented by bespoke development sessions around domestic abuse. This will be delivered to officers on each basic command unit by the Met’s Continued Policing Improvement Command.”

Plans during the 16 days include an ‘enhanced number’ of ‘proactive arrest operations’.

Detective Superintendent John Ross, lead officer for domestic abuse, said: “The Met takes all forms of domestic abuse very seriously and we are committed to safeguarding people who are vulnerable and at risk of violence.

“Domestic abuse is an under-reported, largely hidden crime type and we encourage victims of these crimes to come forward and report the offending to police.

“Our long-term focus is to reduce repeat victimisations and reduce the harm inflicted on victims.

“Safeguarding vulnerable people is everyone’s business and I am proud of the good work that goes on each day.

“As newly-appointed lead responsible officer, times ahead are exciting – not just for 16 days, but the road ahead for embedding a culture of change around domestic abuse and tackling harm whilst improving criminal justice outcomes.”

Charles Thomson

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