LACBA Update Back Issues - October 2015

LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) Provides Training for LAPD DART Program 

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will increase its Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) program from four stations to all stations in response to the recent increase in aggravated assaults, of which nearly one-third were attributed to domestic violence.

LACBA DVP Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly participated in the Officer Orientation program on September 3, 2015, to instruct sworn officers regarding temporary restraining orders (TROs).

DART programs involve sworn personnel transporting civilian personnel (advocates) in police vehicles to domestic violence-related crime scenes to provide advocacy, counseling, support, and resource information to the victim.

The transportation of the advocates is generally after patrol resources have a Code 4 at the domestic violence incident (when radio units that are not assigned to the call and are not at the scene shall return to their assigned patrol area).

In addition to a lively and interactive session on TROs, Ms. Kelly was joined by LAPD Detective Ortiz, Deputy City Attorney Eve Sheedy, Retired LASC Commissioner Carol Hallowitz, and Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell on the agenda. Police Chief Charlie Beck also dropped by to encourage the officers as to their commitment and focus on reducing the violence in domestic settings.