Trial prompts statewide rollout of domestic violence suspect targeting
A measure announced as part of the NSW Government’s $60 million domestic and family violence package will be rolled out across the state following a successful trial.
NSW Premier Mike Baird and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione today announced the statewide rollout of Suspect Target Management Plans (STMP) for recidivist domestic violence offenders.
The Premier has made it a priority to reduce the rate of domestic and family violence reoffending within 12 months by five per cent by 2019.
“Suspect targeting identifies high-risk domestic violence offenders and places them on notice,” Mr Baird said.
“A trial in the St George area over the past five months resulted in nine out of 13 high-risk offenders being charged, and almost a third being placed behind bars.
“This approach complements the work already being carried out to support victims of domestic violence and will be rolled out across the state.”
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said STMPs were used to target robbery and break and enter crime offenders in NSW and would be extended, for the first time, to domestic violence offenders.
“This allows police to make their presence known to high-risk repeat domestic violence offenders who will use overt and covert monitoring,” Ms Goward said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant said police were often first through the door when dealing with victims of domestic violence.
“We’re committed to providing the necessary and effective tools so officers can continue to target offenders and support victims of these terrible crimes,” Mr Grant said.