The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has today written to the Home Secretary to call for changes in the way that police forces investigate cases of domestic abuse where the alleged perpetrator is a police employee.
The Victims’ Commissioner has written to the Home Secretary following work by Alexandra Heal of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism examining how police forces handle cases of domestic abuse where the alleged perpetrator is a police officer or member of police staff.
The investigation undertaken raised serious questions about the handling of such cases and Dame Vera is supporting calls for an outside police force to be given responsibility for such investigations. This change in process would prevent a blurring of the lines between the investigation and the parties involved and would give victims greater confidence in the investigative process.
The letter to the Home Secretary can be found here: Letter to Home Secretary re. complaints of domestic abuse against police employees.