It is important that the force maintains public confidence and the confidence of victims in the policing of domestic abuse and the integrity of the service with police officers who carry out domestic abuse related offences being treated in the same way as any other person.
To safeguard the integrity and effectiveness of the investigation, we will ensure that wherever possible those involved in the arrest and detention of police employees alleged to have committed domestic abuse related offences are not known personally to the suspect.
Where the victim and suspect are both employed by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire or Hertfordshire forces, the investigation must be conducted by one of the other forces in the tri-force collaboration (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire), and should not be carried out by the home force of either party.
Equally where the victim is not a police employee, to promote trust, confidence and transparency and considering the feedback of the police super-complaint submitted by the Centre for Woman’s Justice, any allegation of domestic abuse perpetrated by a police employee must also be investigated by a force other than that which the suspect is employed by.
Further details can be found in the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Perpetrated Domestic Abuse policy which is available on request by emailing [email protected]