Police are improving domestic abuse action

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Bedfordshire Police has welcomed a report which acknowledges the progress made by the force in the way it deals with domestic abuse.

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’.

The report also said: “Bedfordshire Police has invested time and additional resources to improve its response to victims of domestic abuse following the publication of HMIC’s original report. The chief constable made it clear that tackling domestic abuse is a priority.”

“The force has also invested in additional staff in the force control room and the newly formed domestic abuse investigation support unit (DAISU).”

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 those in most need.

“We are pleased that HMIC has acknowledged the progress we have made with our approach to domestic abuse, particularly in the overall response to victims and their families.”