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 on-going within Cleveland Police to examine the possibility of a transfer of service provision from Safe in Tees Valley to Cleveland Police to enable the 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 to Safe in Tees Valley and a formal secondment arrangement put in place to ensure business continuity in this important initiative. This agreement will be for six months (from 1 April 2017 – 30 September 2017) with the option to extend for a further six months (from 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018) if required.
In January 2017 an evaluation of the implementation of Operation Encompass in the Hartlepool area, commissioned by the PCC, was published by Teesside University.
There were a number of recommendations in the report which have been 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 support the implementation of these recommendations.