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State Law Increases Domestic Violence Training For Police Officers

A San Diego police officer with a police dog waits outside a house with a pos...

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Above: A San Diego police officer with a police dog waits outside a house with a possible suspect inside Friday, July 29, 2016.

State Law Increases Domestic Violence Training For Police Officers

GUEST:

Lt. Misty Cedrun, leadership development unit, San Diego Police Department

Transcript

A new state law requires police in California receive more training in handling cases of domestic violence.

The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown last week will make sure police are trained in making lethality assessments of domestic violence victims. That assessment can help determine which victims are at greatest risk of homicide, serious injury or re-assault.

San Diego police have gotten a head start in using the lethality assessments — they’ve been part of the department’s domestic violence response for almost a year.

Lt. Misty Cedrun now leads the leadership development unit at the San Diego Police Department, but previously helped the department implement these assessments in its domestic violence unit.

Cedrun said one of the key questions on the assessment is about strangulation, which is often underreported.

"Within 5 to 10 seconds of constant pressure on that jugular or that carotid vein with as little as 4.5 pounds to 11 pounds of pressure you can render your victim unconscious," Cedrun said. "And within 2 to 3 minutes death can occur."

Nearly 17,000 domestic violence incidents are reported to San Diego County law enforcement each year, according to the San Diego County District Attorney.

Cedrun joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss how these assessments aid domestic violence victims.

By The Numbers

  • Nearly 17,000 domestic violence incidents are reported to San Diego County law enforcement each year, according to the San Diego County District Attorney.
  • Domestic violence was the second most frequent motive for homicide in San Diego County in 2015, the most recent year data was available. That's according to a report from the San Diego Association of Governments.

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