Saturday, October 29, 2005

Colorado Springs Cracks Down on Domestic Violence Offenders

This week, dozens of police officers are fanning out across Colorado Springs and El Pasco County, Colorado to track down errant domestic violence offenders. This is an annual October event conducted in conjunction with Domestic Violence Month. Colorado has some of the toughest domestic-violence laws in the nation, but police do not always have the resources to round up suspects.  In El Paso County, 250 people have arrest warrants for domestic violence that were never served and an additional 500 have warrants for failing to appear in court or complete domestic violence classes. “Having that offender held accountable is good. Even if it’s late, at least they know this incident did not go unnoticed,” said El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jim Vidmar, part of the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team, a joint venture with Colorado Springs police. By Friday afternoon, police had arrested 22 people. Today is the final day of the warrant sweep. Source. R. Scott Rappold, Colorado Springs Gazette, Gazette.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited October 29, 2005, reo).

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