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Domestic Violence / Relationship Abuse

Studies demonstrate police can decrease the incidents and severity of family violence by making an arrest when probable cause exists. Therefore, the officer that responds will arrest when the officer can legally do so.  The decision to arrest does not lie with the victim of domestic violence, but is the decision of the officer based on state law and our policy.

After an arrest is made, the officer will assist you in making arrangements for your safety. The officer will stand by while you gather personal items, such as clothing for yourself and your children. The officer will also transport you to a house of a friend or family or will make arrangements with a representative of a domestic violence shelter to provide you with a place to stay. The officer will also provide the above services if no arrest is made if the suspect has left the scene or if there is a lack of probable cause to arrest.

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