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New police protection unit set up

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The unit will tackle domestic violence and child abuse

A special unit dedicated to child abuse, domestic violence and e-crime investigations is being set up by Central Scotland Police.

The Public Protection Unit (PPU) will also manage registered sex offenders and probe historic abuse cases.

Officers belonging to the team will initially be based at Falkirk Police Station before moving to a new Larbert office later this year.

The new unit comes after a review of CID and crime management in the force.

Det Ch Insp Jacqui Rennie, who will be leading the team, said the unit was being created because of the complex nature of the crimes it would be investigating.

'Most need'

She said: "Investigations into historic abuse allegations or offenders who hoard child abuse images on their computers can be lengthy and complex cases.

"Domestic abuse is another area of concern for us as we seek to investigate comprehensively offences and prevent repeat victimisation."

She said that the unit would also work to manage young offenders or victims of crime in a bid to reduce the future impact of youth crime in the area.

She added: "Often early intervention can stop further offences from taking place and that's why we have incorporated Youth Justice within the PPU environment.

"We are looking at the needs of every child whether as a victim or an offender and that that child, with early intervention and adoption of the Scottish Government 'Getting it Right for Every Child' principles working in partnerships with key agencies, will ensure children get the help and support when they most need it."

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