In Tacoma, if a commissioned police officer of any rank is suspected of being involved in domestic violence, the protocol is clear.
•If officers respond to a 911 call and find that one of the participants is another officer, they call someone to the scene who is of higher rank than the participant. That higher-ranking officer makes the reports.
•Any allegations that an officer is involved in domestic violence triggers an investigation by Internal Affairs.
•Officers charged with a crime are put on administrative leave.
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•An officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence (or any crime) in any jurisdiction is required to report that arrest to his or her superiors. Failing to report is a firing offense.