Welcoming a highly positive report Sir Clive Loader said:
“The report recognises the work and training that has been carried out to improve the service provided to victims of domestic abuse and praises the service provided, but I am very aware that there is always more to be done.
“As a result, there is absolutely no complacency within the Force or indeed my own office, merely a commitment - reinforced by a priority in my Police and Crime Plan - to increase reporting of domestic abuse and ensure a positive outcome for victims and witnesses.
“Within the report, HMIC has also made several recommendations which will form the benchmark for service improvement over the coming months. I know that several of these have already been implemented and I can see that others have a great deal of merit, illustrating the value for the public of this inspection.
“Sadly, domestic abuse accounts for 9% of recorded crime in Leicestershire; we are also aware that in many instances it is simply not reported. I hope that this report and the obvious importance placed upon domestic abuse issues will give more people the confidence to report it and receive the excellent support that is available.
“Later this year I will have responsibility for the commissioning of victims services across the force area, and I have prioritised a continual improvement in the quality of service and response provided to all victims of crime. I am pleased that the report itself notes: “Leicestershire is one of very few forces who specifically survey victims of domestic abuse to provide an insight into the victim’s perspective of the services and identify areas for further improvement, which is good practice”. I intend to build on this service provision so that all victims of crime receive a sensitive and appropriate level of service, with an absolute priority on communication and keeping them informed about their case.”
The HMIC report can be downloaded HERE
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Posted on Monday 9th May 2016