Police assurances on abuse

Picture: Police Scotland
Picture: Police Scotland

Following the conviction of former Lothian and Borders Police Sergeant Kevin Storey at Edinburgh’s High Court for a number of crimes against women over more than 20 years, Police Scotland has reiterated there is no hiding place for domestic abusers.

The matter will now be sent for the consideration of the Deputy Chief Constable, who is responsible for conduct, discipline and professional standards.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Commander of the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division of Police Scotland, said: “It is a matter of deep regret to me when a police officer - whose work is to keep people safe - has been shown to have failed the very high standards of professional behaviour we expect as an organisation.

“The investigation drew on specialist investigators from around the country. When this case came to light, as divisional commander I was able to call upon specialist resources in the form of the Domestic Abuse Task Force to conduct a thorough and sensitive investigation. Domestic abuse does not respect social boundaries, occupations or rural or urban communities. A key part to how we deal with this crime is to use all available methods at our disposal to track down abusers and bring them to the courts.

“I would like to reassure the public in the Borders and elsewhere that Police Scotland will take any report of domestic abuse seriously and makes such investigations - which can be complex, challenging and sensitive - a priority.”