Police to set up new squad to deal with domestic violence

DOI / Omar Camilleri

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A new police squad which would deal with cases of domestic violence is in the process of being set up, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri announced on Monday morning.

Speaking at the launch of a new training simulator that would allow police officers to experience a domestic violence incident from a child’s point of view, Camilleri explained that officers will be receiving specialised training to deal with domestic violence cases.

The simulator will be used in the continuous professional development training offered to police officers as well as to new recruits.

During the press conference, Camilleri said that the simulator was developed following a €115,000 investment and is part of bigger project, that of setting up a new squad dealing primarily with domestic violence.

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Camilleri added that the simulator also helps officers support the victims of such offences.

The Home Affairs Minister stressed that more training will be given to police officers and human resources will be increased to ensure that victims of crime find the necessary help.

Police Chief Angelo Gafà also addressed the press conference.