Police, domestic violence coalition request state funding for specialized training

Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 18:03:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Law enforcement officials and the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition are requesting $895,000 from the legislature to fund a program that aims to help domestic violence victims.

The money would be used to train 500 additional law enforcement officials in the Lethality Assessment Protocol.

LAP is a program designed to prevent domestic violence homicides, serious injury and re-assault by encouraging more victims to use the support and shelter services that are available.

“This is a program that’s been well-researched and validated and has demonstrated a positive effect on breaking a cycle of domestic and intimate partner violence: It literally is saving lives,” said Chief Lee Russo of the West Valley City Police Department.

Russo was joined by law enforcement officials from 15 different jurisdictions in Utah as they testified before a Social Services Appropriations committee this week, supporting the request for additional funding for LAP training.

West Valley City PD joined the LAP program on January 1, and they hope it pays off in the form of fewer domestic violence related deaths and injuries.

For more information about the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and the resources they offer, click here.

Anyone who is in danger or in need of help regarding domestic violence can call the Utah Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-897-5465. In an emergency, dial 911.