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Commissioner pleased with Constabulary's domestic abuse work
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed HMIC’s report published today (27th March) which gives Hertfordshire Constabulary praise for its good practice whilst acknowledging some areas for improvement.

The national picture for police forces’ handling of domestic abuse was poor overall but some forces were highlighted as very good and others, including Hertfordshire, having an excellent understanding of domestic abuse, treating high risk victims very well and giving the issue the seriousness it deserves.

Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary do an excellent job in examining in detail how police forces carry out their duties.  And there can be few more crucial areas needing the police to be highly competent, sympathetic and professional than the insidious crime of domestic abuse.

“Ensuring domestic abuse is at the top of the agenda is something I have asked Hertfordshire Constabulary to do and I am pleased to say that the force is doing some really excellent work, particularly in creating systems for identifying domestic abuse at the first opportunity, specialist training for officers and partnership working. HMIC’s report recognises this but highlights some areas for improvement. I am confident that the force is already making strides in these areas.”

He added: “Certainly, as far as the national picture goes, Hertfordshire is in a good position and I believe that anyone in the county who finds themselves in an abusive relationship can report it in confidence, whether directly to police or through an independent third party, and get the help and support they desperately need. However, it is important that we continue to look for new ways to protect vulnerable people and provide victims with support”

Commissioner Lloyd can also be contacted via email: commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk.  You can follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page (Herts PCC).