Special Reports

In Tacoma, clear procedures

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.

•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.