The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will be adding a detective to investigate domestic violence cases after receiving a grant to help fund the position.
The roughly $161,000 grant will help pay for “a dedicated detective and a crime analyst along with training and community education designed to prevent and improve investigations of domestic violence,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
A domestic violence task force, formed by Sheriff Rick Staly in 2017, recommended the addition of the detective in October and the Sheriff’s Office applied for the grant from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence shortly after.
Staly identified domestic violence as a “community problem” after county deputies responded to 667 incidents in 2016. This past year saw a 7 percent increase over that, the release said.
“Domestic Violence is different from other crimes in that the victim knows the offender and is often living with their attacker,” Staly said. “Preventing Domestic Violence requires a special understanding of the warning signs, the risk potential, the dynamics of the domestic relationships, and the tools and processes needed to decrease the likelihood of the offender reoffending.”
The new detective and analyst will only be assigned to “cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
The grant is sponsored by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, according to the release.