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How Officers Can Help Prosecutors Convict Domestic Violence Perpetrators

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By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

Police officers are well trained to respond to domestic violence calls, but they don’t always have a full understanding of what information is needed to prosecute such cases.

[Related: Six Ways Officers Can Respond More Effectively to DV Incidents]

American Military University graduate, Scot DuFour, has been an officer since 2004 and currently works as an investigator in a domestic violence prosecutions unit for a district attorney’s office in Colorado. This role has given him greater insight into what evidence and documentation prosecutors need to build a strong case against perpetrators, even when victims recant or change their story.

Listen to the full podcast to learn what steps officers should take every time they respond to a domestic violence call to help prosecutors build their case, including having the victim undergo a forensic medical exam, documenting stalking behavior, and interviewing children.

Leischen Kranick is a Managing Editor at AMU Edge. She has 15 years of experience writing articles and producing podcasts on topics relevant to law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, private security, and national security.

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