New DV taskforce launched
ASSISTANT Police Commissioner Brian Codd will head up a new domestic violence taskforce after the murder of a woman by her ex-partner this week.
Announcing the appointment in an email to police, Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it had been an “exceptionally challenging” week.
“This week has been an exceptionally challenging period d for the Queensland Police Ser- vice with the tragedy that un- folded in Browns Plains s ultimately leading to the deathh of Doreen Langham in the early hours of Monday morning,” she said in the email.
“Firstly, can I please emphasise that I understand how complex and challenging it is for all of our police and staff when dealing with, and responding to, calls for service in relation to Domestic and Family violence (D&FV) (sic).”
Ms Carroll said demand relating to domestic and family violence calls was significant, with police responding to 105,000 calls in 2020 alone.
Doreen Langham, 49, died on Monday in a fire police suspect was lit by her ex-partner, Brian Henly, 49. A man’s body, believed to be Henly’s, was also found. Police have ruled the fire as a murder-suicide.