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By any name, task force makes a difference

The Crystal Clear Initiative Committee has a new name, and it's a mouthful: the Task Force on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence.

The committee is an informal, unsanctioned community group of more than 70 local leaders, including a state Supreme Court justice, state and local politicians, domestic violence experts, police officers, doctors, a nurse and lawyers.

It was created by local attorney Debra Hannula in the weeks after Tacoma Police Chief David Brame fatally shot his wife, Crystal, and then killed himself. The committee's goal was to search for solutions that would attempt to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

In November, Crystal Brame's father, Lane Judson, asked the group to stop using Crystal's name because he wanted to reserve it for a hoped-for federal law. Group members were shaken, but quickly agreed to find a new name.

The Task Force on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence has met regularly since the shootings and has consulted with police and domestic violence experts from throughout the country.

It was instrumental in helping Tacoma Police Lt. Tom Strickland write the department's new policy on officer-involved domestic violence.

And the group helped write a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to have policies on officer-involved domestic violence. The bill has bipartisan support and was approved by unanimous vote of the Senate. It awaits action in the House.