Police have reiterated that there is no hiding place for domestic abusers following the conviction of Hawick man Kevin Storey at the High Court in Edinburgh for crimes against women over a period of more than 20 years.
Storey, a serving policeman, “failed the very high standards of professional behaviour” expected of an officer in the force, said Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Commander of the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division, where Storey served as a sergeant.
She added: “The investigation drew on specialist investigators from around the country. When this case came to light, I was able to call upon specialist resources in the form of the Domestic Abuse Task Force to conduct a thorough and sensitive investigation, who worked with the division to deliver a sensitive and professional response.
“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 Scottish Borders and elsewhere that Police Scotland will take any report of domestic abuse seriously and make such investigations – which can be complex, challenging and sensitive – a priority.”