NSW Police domestic violence team to target high-risk offenders

READY FOR ACTION: Deputy commissioner for regional field operations Gary Worboys, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and police minister Troy Grant. Photo: Peter Hardin
READY FOR ACTION: Deputy commissioner for regional field operations Gary Worboys, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and police minister Troy Grant. Photo: Peter Hardin

Domestic violence offenders in western NSW are on notice as police are gearing up their efforts to stamp out the crime.

Raw vision of the arrest of a man in a home has been released by NSW Police as the region moves closer to having its own dedicated team targeting perpetrators.

The footage shows the work of a Domestic Violence (DV) High Risk Offender Team in another region.

The teams, which will be operational at Dubbo and Tamworth by the end of the year, have been established as part of the strategy to target recidivist offenders and reduce the rate of reoffending.

The region’s local government areas (LGAs) continue to feature prominently in the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research’s list of the state’s worst, taking out seven of the top 20 spots in the 12 months to March 2017.

The Western Region DV High Risk Offender Team is made up of one sergeant and five constables based at Dubbo and Tamworth.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner regional field operations Gary Worboys and Police Minister and Dubbo MP Troy Grant were in Tamworth this week to announce the team’s impending arrival.

They were in Dubbo a couple weeks earlier to make a similar announcement.

Deputy Commissioner Worboys said it was important to have specialist police in the bush targeting the worst offenders and supporting the most vulnerable victims.

“NSW Police have been proactive in targeting offenders of domestic and family violence and that approach is seeing a reduction in offence rates,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

“We have seen proactive programs like the Darling River Command initiative, Operation Solidarity – which was established to specifically target domestic violence offences across the region – have a significant impact on repeat offenders.”

Recent data from the bureau shows some improvement in domestic and family violence offences in regional NSW.

Mr Grant said the teams were a major step forward for those affected by the scourge of domestic violence in the western region.

“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 west,” he said.

“Domestic violence offenders are well and truly on notice that their behaviour will not be tolerated.”

“This government is giving police the resources they need to target domestic violence perpetrators like never before, while providing support to victims at the same time.”