Safety considerations for domestic violence calls
All aspects of domestic violence pose threats to officers, witnesses, and victims. Be ever alert on the original call, stand-by requests, court hearings, and most certainly, during every full custody arrest and transport. Consider the following tactics to keep safe on DV calls.
1. Finding the Violator
After investigating a domestic where the perpetrator has left the scene, don’t just nonchalantly exit the residence, assuming the suspect is long gone.
“Suspect has left the scene,” often means, “Suspect is watching you from the shadows.”
In many cases the suspect has taken a position of concealment outside the scene to: