TOPEKA – (August 19, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced his office has prepared a model domestic violence policy and training manual for law enforcement agencies.
These documents provide templates for law enforcement agencies to adapt for their own use. The model policy will assist local officials in complying with a new state law, which requires all law enforcement agencies to establish guidelines for law enforcement officers in response to domestic violence calls. The training manual is designed to provide agencies with additional information to assist in training their officers regarding domestic violence.
“The model policy and training manual establish priorities of protecting the victims of domestic violence and holding their abusers accountable,” Schmidt said. “Having these policies in place will make sure our law enforcement officers are better prepared and informed in these often difficult situations.”
The requirement for law enforcement agencies to adopt domestic violence policies was enacted by the Legislature in 2010 as part of an effort to strengthen the state’s domestic violence laws. That law went into effect last month. The model policy and training manual were developed based on the work of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence Training.
The model policy was made available last month, and the training manual that accompanies it was released today. Both the model policy and training bulletin are available under the Law Enforcement Tools section of the attorney general’s website at www.ksag.org.