Strathclyde Police Domestic Abuse Task Force
Highly skilled officers work in conjunction with divisional police officers and partner agencies to target domestic abuse offenders and to conduct proactive investigations into each and every aspect of their criminal lifestyle. This involves investigating these individuals for other criminal activity, such as drug dealing, gang violence and disqualified driving all with a view to reducing the opportunity they have to commit domestic abuse. The Task Force uses skills and tactics that were previously only used in murder or other serious crime investigations. Members of the team collectively possess all the skills normally found in a major enquiry team, the main reason being that domestic abuse is a serious crime that is often difficult to investigate given that there are rarely independent witnesses and forensic opportunities can often be limited.
Aims and objectives
To target high-tariff offenders who have been identified as presenting the most significant risk of harm to victims and their families.
Results and impact
In its first year of operation officers from Strathclyde Police’s Domestic Abuse Task Force arrested 105 dangerous offenders for a total of 370 crimes, such as attempted murder, rape, serious assault, breach of the peace and stalking cases. The proactive nature of the Task Force work is evidenced by the fact that of those 370 crimes, 320 had previously never been made known to the police.
Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
Nuts code: UKM