Police abuse hotline is a start but forces must properly deal with complaints, says Commissioner

Today the Domestic Abuse Commissioner has responded to the announcement of a new national line to root out corruption and abuse within the police.

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, says: “There should be no place in the police force for perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse. That victims will have somewhere independent to report these awful crimes is a start.

“But this hotline will only make a difference if complaints are properly dealt with. That requires a more consistent approach across all forces to ensure thorough and independent investigation of these crimes, and legislative changes to equip forces to eradicate perpetrators from their ranks.

“I want to see amendments to the criminal justice bill to enable forces to immediately sack those found guilty and take warrant cards off those under investigation for domestic and sexual abuse.”