13 officers and civilian staff members from Guernsey Police have recently completed a training course to qualify them as Champions of Domestic Abuse Matters.
These staff members will now make up our DA Matters Champions Network, through which any of our officers investigating domestic abuse cases will be able to access support from the champions, and utilise their enhanced knowledge.
“The idea behind the Champions Network is to ensure we have this enhanced understanding around domestic abuse spread throughout the organisation. It will also allow us to work more efficiently with partner agencies such as Safer (Home | Safer), which is very important when it comes to providing proper support to victims.
“The training itself was delivered by specialist trainers from Safe Lives UK. Safe Lives delivered training to every staff member in BLE last year, focusing on how first responders should handle domestic abuse. This latest package has built on that training.
“As an organisation, we are continuing to invest in specialist training in areas such as domestic abuse and sexual violence, to ensure our officers are as qualified as they can be to support victims of these crimes. The training is supported by the College of Policing, the professional body who set standards for policing and ensure forces are providing consistent and better services to the public.
“Thank you again to Safe Lives for taking the time to provide the training.”