Operation Encompass started in 2014/15.
Cleveland Police was one of the first police forces in the country to deliver Operation Encompass across the whole force area.
Domestic abuse officers review domestic abuse incidents to identify those that meet the criteria for an Operation Encompass referral.
Work is ongoing to examine the possibility of a transfer of service from Safe in Tees Valley to Cleveland Police.
This would enable Cleveland’s Domestic Abuse Officers to be more aligned and formally managed alongside other Protecting Vulnerable People Staff.
Therefore, in the short term and as a bridging arrangement, funding will be provided for Safe in Tees Valley.
As part of this, a formal secondment arrangement will be in place to ensure business continuity in this important initiative.
This agreement will be for six months (from 1 April 2017 – 30 September 2017.) There will be an option to extend for a further six months (from 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018) if required.
In January 2017, Teesside University published an evaluation of the implementation of Operation Encompass in the Hartlepool area. It was commissioned by the PCC.
The report had a number of recommendations. They were supported by the PCC and Cleveland Police.
An action plan has been developed. Going forward, the Domestic Abuse Officers (Operation Encompass) will work alongside Cleveland Police to help implement these recommendations.