Friday, September 14, 2012

VicPD Statement on the Regional Domestic Violence Unit #yyj @Vicpdcanada

Date: Friday, September 14, 2012

Statement from VicPD on the Regional Domestic Violence Unit

Victoria BC – VicPD remains committed to the Regional Domestic Violence Unit (RDVU), but in order to better serve our own citizens we are reassigning officers to meet pressing VicPD investigative demands.

Additional officers are being assigned to the VicPD Special Victims Unit as part of a larger department restructuring in response to a recent efficiency review, as VicPD continues to look for ways to keep the communities of Victoria and Esquimalt safe.

Domestic violence takes a terrible toll in all of our communities, which is why we were a founding member of the RDVU and maintained two officers in the unit since its inception. However, in order to better serve the citizens of Victoria and Esquimalt, VicPD is withdrawing one officer from the RDVU to focus on the many VicPD cases of domestic violence that do not meet the regional unit’s mandate. RDVU will now consist of one officer each from VicPD, Saanich Police, and the RCMP.

VicPD’s Special Victims Unit, which handles domestic violence investigations, deals with an average of 140 calls involving domestic violence on a monthly basis. VicPD’s detectives are currently managing approximately 180 cases of domestic violence and that is why VicPD is reassigning resources to better address this challenge.

The RDVU was created in September 2010 with a mandate to handle cross-jurisdictional domestic violence investigations where high-risk factors are present. In a given month, VicPD refers between four and seven cases to the RDVU, based upon their strict selection criteria.

The departmental restructuring has been undertaken in consultation with Dr. Darryl Plecas of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley. Full details of his report “Setting the Stage for Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness” and the department’s restructuring will be provided at a news conference early next week.

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