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Northamptonshire vows to “respond unequivocally” to police abuse

Northamptonshire has today released their VAWG strategy.

The force has pledged to “respond unequivocally” to allegations of police perpetrated abuse and to challenge and address sexism and misogyny within policing.

Dectective Chief Inspector Nickie Deeks, Force lead for VAWG, said: "The Chief Constable has very clear expectations of officers and staff and will not stand for unacceptable behaviour. We have robust measures in place to deal with poor professional standards."

They have said they will learn from both mistakes and best practice as well as involving VAWG organisations and working with partners to build trust and confidence. 

It comes as one of the aims of the force's new VAWG strategy released today. 

They are also looking to adopt a trauma-aware approach and to enhance the supervision of VAWG investigations.

In the last 12 months, the force has seen 615 perpetrators of VAWG offences brought to justice and has seen a five per cent reduction in domestic abuse victims.

The force also recently launched a “It Only Takes One” campaign which is designed to raise awareness of the different forms of harassment and violence against women – saying that it only takes one person to say “enough is enough” to challenge it.

Meanwhile, under Operation Kayak, officers are completing hot spot patrols on Friday and Saturday nights - looking for people who are being sexually agressive or intimidating as well as vulnerable people. 

Detective Superintendent Joe Banfield, who heads up the Protecting Vulnerable People command for Northamptonshire Police said: “We want Northamptonshire to be a place where women and girls can live confidently, where they can work, study, socialise and travel safely without feeling frightened, intimidated or harassed.

“The wide spectrum of violence, abuse, and intimidation committed against women and girls is wholly unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

“Our new VAWG strategy outlines the action and activity we will focus on to protect women and girls in our county from crimes that disproportionately affect them.

“It is important to call attention to the fact that we cannot do this work alone. We must work in partnership for things to change. This is an issue not just for policing but for society as a whole - in parenting, in education and in culture.

“To get to the root of the problem we need to see a shift in societal attitudes that normalise and tolerate this kind of abuse. We need to stand together to put a stop to it.”

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