Domestic Violence by Police Officers
Domestic abuse is a serious problem. However, one group of offenders may not be treated like anyone else simply because of who they are. This group of offenders is police officers.
You work as a Domestic Violence Officer (DVO) with a mid-sized police department of around 40 officers, located in the suburb of a major city. You faced two situations in the past few months in which the alleged offenders in domestic assaults calls were police officers. These cases were reported by the media and some in the community have questioned the police department’s fairness in handling cases against policemen.
Since you are aware of the problems and dilemmas faced in dealing with the two cases in the absence of any procedures or policies, you decide to write to the chief of the department and recommend developing a policy for handling domestic violence calls when the offender is a law enforcement official.
Write your recommendations in a 3 page memo in a Microsoft Word document. Your memo should address the following:
Justify the need for a policy for dealing with acts of domestic violence by police officers.
Explain the challenges faced in dealing with such cases.
Suggest procedures for the first responders in such cases.
Identify precautions to be taken in such cases.
Spell out how the department can try to prevent domestic violence by police officers.
Your memo should be supported by proper reasoning and analysis.
Support your responses with examples.
Cite any sources in APA format.
In accordance with Brainmass standards this is not a hand in ready memo but is only background help.
TO: The Chief of Department,
FROM:: Alexander Gomes, Domestic Violence Officer
DATE: November, 30, 2016
SUBJECT: Policy for Handling Domestic violence calls when the offender is a law enforcement officer.
There is a need for a policy for domestic violence by police officers. The reason is that the situation causes a dilemma for the responding officer, he may personally know the perpetrator, and the situation is highly emotionally charged. There is need for policy for domestic violence because if not handled correctly a large number of domestic violence cases lead to spouse murders. Further, there is pressure from women’s advocacy groups that police tend to favor the perpetrator if he is a police officer. Legal action may be taken by these groups if the offender is a police officer. In cases of domestic violence, the abuser is arrested, however if the offender is a police officer, it is important to create a policy about the action that may be taken against the police officer(a). Should he be arrested or taken away for a period of time? When a police officer is involved there should be a policy for giving him advice, need for department based mediation, and specific guidelines as to when the police officer may be arrested. There is a need for policy because it should specify when …