PCAO and Maricopa PD team up to build stronger strangulation cases
FLORENCE, AZ (10/2/13) – Today, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, City of Maricopa Police Department and Scottsdale Healthcare are offering detectives and patrol officers within Maricopa PD training on the signs and symptoms of strangulation.
When Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles took office, he promised to work with law enforcement to work as a team in the administration of justice. By partnering with Maricopa Police Department as the first department to initiate strangulation training, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office continues to keep this promise in the furtherance of better assisting victims in Pinal.
In three separate training sessions, Maricopa Police Department will hear from nurses from the forensic nurse examiner unit within Scottsdale Healthcare. Among the signs and symptoms officers will learn to observe include changes in the victim’s voice, difficulty swallowing, a swollen tongue or neck, changes in the victims mental state – highly emotional, PTSD, memory loss, nightmares, etc, bruises behind the ears, and petechiae, which are ruptured blood vessels appearing on the surface of the skin as red spots.
In mid-2012, the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) recognized strangulation cases as serious predicators to homicide by intimate partners. As a result, NDAA launched a national push to educate law enforcement and healthcare providers on strangulation cases and the increased risk they pose in domestic violence situations. In fact, in a 2008 study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine found the risks of attempted homicide increase by 700% for females strangled by their partner.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “It is no more fitting than to begin our county-wide roll out of strangulation training than during domestic violence awareness month. As we expand this training to other police departments, I thank Chief Stahl for his willingness to partner on this pilot program as we start to roll this out to all of Pinal County.”
For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at email@example.com.