New crime squad to tackle domestic violence launched on Monday

Islington's Borough Commander Gerry Campbell Pic: Dieter Perry

Islington's Borough Commander Gerry Campbell Pic: Dieter Perry - Credit: Archant

A new crack police team designed to wipe out violence within the family will be launched on Monday.

The Proactive Domestic Abuse Team will consist of seven officers who using the same tactics as are employed for tackling drug dealers.

This new crime squad is set to target repeat offenders, reduce harm to victims and their children, increase prosecutions and monitor high risk offenders, helping to gather evidence against them.

Chf Sup Gerry Campbell, Islington’s Borough Commander, said: “There is an unmistakable rise in reported domestic abuse.

“This offending includes violent crimes, threats, intimidation and the use of weapons, committed predominantly against women.

“These crimes increase the threats to children too. I will not tolerate this. I will use every lawful means at my disposal to tackle domestic abusers to safeguard and protect women, children and others in the community.

“I am resolute in my determination to make this happen. The establishment of a proactive domestic abuse team is one such measure. I expect them to leave no stone un-turned in tracking and tackling high risk or repeat domestic abusers.”

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