Dale County and other sheriff’s offices and police departments in the wiregrass met today to try to broaden their understanding on the issue of domestic violence.
News 4's Patrick Claybon was there this morning, and has the story...
In the beginning of this month in Geneva county there was a three day search for a fugitive on the run, Phenico "phoenix" Hornsby. Was suspected of murdering one woman and assaulting another, police in the wiregrass as everywhere else are used to seeing cases of domestic violence spawn other crimes and vice versa. That's why they're taking steps to do something about it.
“and that's what we're trying to do, Said Montgomery Domestic Violence officer Lt. Steve Searcy “is through effective intervention early before domestic violence cases become more serious and turn into felony assaults and domestic violence homicides"
The house of Ruth, an organization for assisting victims of domestic violence helped to coordinate the seminar. And give those who are normally first on the scene of a domestic incident a broader understanding into the dynamics of the situation.
"Basics dynamics of domestic violence law enforcement gets that all the time but this is going a little more in depth looking into evidence based prosecution determining the primary aggressor, that sort of thing Said House of Ruth representative Jessica Rasche"
according to the Bureau of Justice statistics within the U.S department of Justice intimate partner domestic violence has declined over the past few years. Thanks to programs just like this, teaching law enforcement to properly deal with something that can be as complicated as domestic violence.
“it’s critical for law enforcement officers because they are the first responders to a domestic violence call” Said Searcy “ and when they get there they’ve got to have a plan they've got to have a direction to follow"