How these two teams are making women and girls safer

I was in Folkestone yesterday, meeting two teams focussed on keeping women and girls safe.

They’re doing great work #MakingKentSafer by arresting abusers and protecting victims.

Here’s what those teams do and their great arrest records.

Meet the Proactive Vulnerability Team (pictured) 👋

They’re based in East Kent and were formed in May 2020. There’s ten Officers on the team.

They target offenders who breach domestic abuse prevention orders and other orders/conditions, and arrest outstanding suspects.

In their first year alone, they arrested 618 people and as a result recorded over 1000 crimes.

Over the 21 months they’ve been in place, they’ve surpassed 950 arrests, with a thousand on the horizon.

That’s perpetrators being held to account for their behaviour.

People who have already come to the police’s attention – being monitored and dealt with.

As a result, many have been charged with offences, recalled to prison, or imprisoned for new offences.

I also met the East Kent MOSOVO team. 👋

They manage sexual and violent offenders, ensuring that sexual harm prevention orders (SHPO) are adhered to and conditions being complied with.

They are achieving very high charge rates when they are discovering breaches.

When a SHPO is breached, they’re getting 73.5% charge rate, and that number rises with other positive outcomes.

And a number recalled to prison too.

These are just two of the teams dealing with #vawg, but show how perpetrators are being targeted.

The Force’s new strategy, which has been informed by my inquiry, will improve the response further.

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