Monday, 20 August 2018

A dedicated police squad will soon be targeting repeat domestic and family violence offenders in Southern NSW including the Riverina and Illawarra regions, the Minister for Police Troy Grant announced today.

The new Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Team will target serious, high-risk and recidivist offenders across southern NSW, as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reducing domestic violence.

Mr Grant said domestic and family violence is the most underreported crime in NSW and this Government, with the backing of the NSW Police Force, is committed to holding perpetrators to account.

“This new team will be proactive in their approach, conducting both overt and covert investigations into known domestic violence offenders and will be ready to act should they choose to ignore the law and continue to physically abuse their victims.

“For too many years, domestic violence was viewed as a ‘private’ matter, with perpetrators treated differently to those criminals who steal cars and break into homes.

“As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely no difference between violence in the home and violence on the street.

“These offenders are high-risk, and the Government is giving the NSW Police Force the resources they need to keep communities safe from this insidious crime.

“While a recent report by the Bureau of Crime Statistics shows a significant decline in domestic violence in NSW between 2008-2016, we will continue to take a tough stance on these pathetic individuals who think nothing of assaulting their partners and families.”

The new team will include a sergeant, six constables, and a civilian intelligence analyst. They will also work closely with existing Domestic Violence Liaison Officers who liaise with victims and other agencies.

Deputy Commissioner Regional Field Operations Gary Worboys said the new squad is an important asset for regional NSW.

“We have already seen the positive impacts of DV High Risk Offender Teams in the initial rollout locations, and today signals a real boost for community safety in towns right across the state’s south.

“The Commissioner was behind the drive to proactively target offenders of domestic and family violence and that approach is seeing a reduction in offence rates,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

The Riverina Police District was recently allocated an additional Domestic Violence Liaison Officer to bolster the commands ability to respond to Domestic Violence.    

Earlier this year, a Region Enforcement Squad was also established in Wagga Wagga to tackle mid-level and drug supply crime, enabling Riverina and surrounding Police Districts to respond promptly to spikes in local crime.

Liberal candidate for Wagga Wagga Julia Ham said the community is seeing more police in the Southern region and in specialist roles, to target crime where it’s most needed. 

“I will work closely with our local police to ensure they have the resources, powers and technology they need to keep our community safe,” Ms Ham said.