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29 May 2015, 06:10
An independent police watchdog has been looking at the way Bedfordshire Police looks after victims of Domestic Abuse after it's previous report said it was amongst the worst in the UK.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) visited the force in October following concerns raised from a previous visit. Inspectors found 'Bedfordshire Police is focusing on improving its response to victims of domestic abuse and is rightly treating this as a high priority'.
It also found: "Bedfordshire Police has invested time and additional resources to improve its response to victims of domestic abuse and their families following the publication of HMIC's original report. The chief constable has made it clear that tackling domestic abuse is a priority for the force."
"The force has also invested in additional staff in the force control room and the newly formed domestic abuse investigation support unit (DAISU)."
"Domestic abuse is identified as a top priority for the force and this is reflected in the control strategy for this area of policing which prioritises where the force directs and commits resources."
"…under the leadership of the chief constable, the force has now invested time and additional resources to ensure that tackling domestic abuse is a priority."
Deputy Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: "The force is committed to protecting people and fighting crime together which means our focus is firmly on protecting the vulnerable and those in most need.
"We are pleased that HMIC has acknowledged the progress we have made with our approach to domestic abuse, particularly in recognising the overall response to victims and their families.
"However this report is now six months old and thus represents a snapshot in time, and does not reflect the further progress we have made in this area. The force focus on domestic violence remains, and we continue to build our capability to ensure the people of Bedfordshire are being kept safe."