Government Association to Draft Police Standards

Mar 15, 2011

PHOENIX (AP) — A coalition of Maricopa County cities and municipalities plans to create guidelines for local law enforcers in handling domestic violence cases.

Members of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Domestic Violence Council say the project is intended to make victims feel safe and confident in the criminal-justice system while helping police departments struggling with budget and staffing shortages.

MAG officials tell The Arizona Republic man police departments do not have the resources or time to research issues such as domestic violence.

A MAG human-services provider says police departments could choose from a list of items to incorporate into their procedures.
A Phoenix police official says the recommendations will focus on steps police officers can take at the scene of a call, especially as they collect evidence and write their reports.