From the City of
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Captain Tom Strickland, Tacoma Police Department, (253) 591-5556
Scott Huntley, Communications Supervisor, (253) 591-5791
Tacoma Police Department unveils new domestic violence policies
The Tacoma Police
Department will present its new officer-involved domestic violence policies to
the Council’s Committee of the Whole
Feb. 12. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, first floor
The policies are the result of an extraordinary collaboration between local and regional law enforcement personnel, City and community leaders, domestic violence advocates and victims from across the nation. Experts were consulted and specific ideas on officer-involved domestic violence were gleaned from other police department policies throughout the nation.
“The Tacoma Police Department seeks to implement a policy that promotes victim safety, allows for intervention, and holds abusive officers accountable for their actions while protecting their rights to due process,” said Diane Wettendorf, nationally-renowned domestic violence advocate and author.
Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell commented, “These policies underscore our commitment to maintaining a work environment that does not tolerate domestic violence. We aim to ensure a secure reporting process for victims of domestic violence and to respond swiftly to their need for safety and confidentiality.”