The Challenges Of The Louisville Metro Police Department

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The Louisville Metro Police Department is required by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, which oversees training for the state, to have Domestic Violence Training every two years. This block of instruction is most commonly taught during mandated training. This year’s topics include proper completion and utilization of the Lethal Assessment (LAP) Form how to properly document victim’s injuries and take necessary photographs. The instructor from the Domestic Violence Unit also reviews the assault laws and charges that are applicable to Domestic Violence related runs. The process for filing an Emergency Protective Orders is also discussed. Through grants members of the Domestic Violence Unit attend conferences and seminars across the country. …show more content…
There seems to be no consistency. Officers and Detectives are working hard to build relationships with victims. The victims are following the given advice and filing charges, following through in court or pursuing an Emergency Protective Order, but when it comes time for court charges are getting dropped or amended. The victim is left feeling scared, confused, and upset because the offender is being released back to the streets to terrorize them once again. This causes the victim to fear retaliation by the perpetrator since, he has been released. This often causes the victim to recant his or her statement, which makes it difficult to move forward with prosecution. This is a problem not just in the Louisville area but around the country. All fifty states have laws relating to domestic violence offenses but, there still needs to be improvements to make the system become more consistent throughout the country. This needs to be done on the local and state level to be more effective and have a more productive system. For example, in Kentucky an offender who has three convictions of an Assault IV domestic violence plea (the victim does not need to be the same in all three convictions) is subject to an enhanced charge on any subsequent Domestic Assault IV charge. This means that the Assault IV is now enhanced to a felony but, an offender may plead guilty to …show more content…
Programs that were once successful may become outdated and no longer necessary for the overall effectiveness of the goal. An example of this is Operation Hope which is utilized by the Domestic Violence Unit through the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. This was a program that gave free phones to victims who did not have access to a home phone or cell phone. When this program was first rolled out cell phones were not readily available as they are today. The program was cutting edge but, fast forward fifteen years and now almost everyone has a cell phone, If it is lost or broken, replacement phones are easily accessible. The demand for the emergency phones is not as high in demand as it once was but, it is still available to victims if needed. (Crimmins, 2015, Interview) One program that has proven to be effective for victims is Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE). The initial idea of this program was to provide victims information as to when an offender was released from custody. Today, it not only alerts victims to when the offender has been released but, it has evolved and notifies victims of upcoming court dates and if the victim has filed any type of protective order an alert is sent to

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