Police put Domestic Violence suspects on notice
Two rows were occupied by violent offenders and suspects that have been given a second chance. There were two women and eight men.
Some sat at the edge of their chairs, watching the speakers. One man, his head held up by his arm, nodded off.
Law enforcement officers, community leaders and parole officers repeated the message: Violence will not be tolerated in High Point.
The High Point Community Against Violence organization, a panel of law enforcement officials and prosecutors, hoped that message was heard loud and clear at its Domestic Violence Call-In Initiative on Tuesday night.
The call-in is designed to give offenders a second chance to turn their lives around with the help of the community and community resources, including job search assistance, housing assistance and substance abuse treatment.
It’s based on the same philosophy behind the overt drug market intervention strategy, better known as the High Point Initiative, which police used to combat open-air drug markets in five city neighborhoods. The success of that program garnered national attention and has since been copied by other law enforcement agencies.
The domestic violence initiative is based on the work of David Kennedy, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. As with the drug initiatives, it places emphasis on deterring domestic violence at the source.
The event also is designed to give authorities a chance to let offenders know they have a close eye on them and their violent behaviors. It also shows a video of those who have gone through the program and chose to ignore the warnings and those who decided to change paths.
“The fact of the matter is that violent crime is very destructive in our society. Certain people get caught up in that and drive some things that are not good for our city,” said Jim Summey, executive director of HPCAV. “We confront them and tell them it’s wrong. Then we give them a chance to turn it around, and if they can’t do that then, quite frankly, we demand justice.”
The group of 10 suspects and offenders were mandated to attend the call-in by their probation officers or risk violating their probation. The department and organization have notified more than 650 people in the city about their low tolerance for the violence they have been arrested for, by phone and mail. The notification is designed to warn suspects and offenders that the department will keep a close eye on them. Of those who have received letters, 42 have re-offended after that notice, according to Police Chief Marty Sumner. In the state, 122 people were killed in domestic violence homicides in 2012, an increase of 16 from 2011, according to the attorney general’s office. A report from the North Carolina Department of Justice shows that 78 of the victims were female and 44 were male. The slayings were allegedly committed by 104 male offenders and 18 female offenders. Seven of the 122 victims had taken out protective orders and three of the protective orders were current when the victims were killed.
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Police put domestic violence offenders on notice