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Dealing with Domestic Violence in Law Enforcement Relationships

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 71 Issue: 7 Dated: July 2002 Pages: 1-7
Karen J. Kruger J.D.; Nicholas G. Valltos M.A.
John E. Ott
Date Published
July 2002
7 pages
This article presents a comprehensive approach serving to help law enforcement agencies combat domestic violence within their own ranks.
Dealing with domestic violence is a prevalent social and law enforcement problem throughout the United States, and the public demands that law enforcement agencies act aggressively in its prevention. However, when law enforcement officers commit acts of domestic violence themselves, it can diminish the standards of the department and the profession. Law enforcement is forced to respond to the domestic violence occurring within their ranks, as well as the community. A comprehensive approach is required in order to enforce the law and protect the agency’s integrity and reputation. The comprehensive approach should include: (1) effective leadership by law enforcement executives or administrators; (2) recruitment screening and background investigations; (3) straight forward policies and regulations; (4) appropriate training; (5) efficient violation investigations; (6) efficient violation responses; and (7) responding to related problems and concerns. By instituting a comprehensive strategy, agencies can protect their officers and their families, as well as the communities they serve.