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  1. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member who is residing in the same single family dwelling unit.
  2. FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER - Spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if family and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.
  3. FIREARM - Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.  Such term does not include an antique firearm (18 USC, Section 921(3)).
  4. POSSESSION - For the purpose of this policy shall mean; the presence of a firearm or ammunition on or about a person, within a vehicle occupied by the person or in any dwelling occupied by the person provided the person knew or should have known that the firearm or ammunition was present.
  5. Any member who encounters an incident of suspected domestic violence shall:

    1.         Take immediate, positive enforcement action to ensure the safety of all parties involved.

    2.         Fulfill their investigative responsibilities as outlined in this policy and Chapter 22.01, Florida Highway Patrol Policy Manual.
  6. Supervisors are responsible for sending a copy of any domestic violence report, excluding all victim/witness statements and other materials that are part of an active criminal investigation, to the certified domestic violence center in their areas within 24 hours of receipt of the report.
  7. Incidents of domestic violence encountered by a member engaged in routine enforcement and investigative activities will be investigated by the member.
  8. Domestic violence incidents coming to the Division’s attention through any other means, such as a telephone complaint, will be referred to the local law enforcement agency for handling. If such incident is on-going, a member may be dispatched to ensure the safety of the complainant and, if approved by a supervisor, conduct the investigation.
  9. Upon encountering an incident of domestic violence, members will separate involved parties and attempt to locate and secure any weapons at the scene.  A back-up officer will be requested.  Procedures outlined in FHP Policy 22.01, Investigative Responsibilities will be followed.
  10. Members who investigate incidents of domestic violence shall:

    Assist all parties in obtaining medical treatment, if such is required or requested.  EMS personnel should be requested to determine the presence and severity of any injuries.

    Provide the complainant(s) a copy of the Domestic Violence brochure and any other appropriate victim information cards or brochures as soon as possible during the initial investigation.  Request that a local victim’s advocate respond to the location of the victim.

    Prepare an appropriate Criminal Information System report whether or not an arrest is made. Such report, in addition to a detailed account of the incident,
  11. a detailed account of the incident, shall contain:

    The phrase “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT” in bold print on the first line of the narrative portion.
  12. a detailed account of the incident, shall contain:

    A description of physical injuries observed, if any.  Photographs of the complainant(s) should be taken to document the presence/absence of visible signs of injury
  13. a detailed account of the incident, shall contain:

    Documentation of any spontaneous utterances made by any participant.
  14. a detailed account of the incident, shall contain:

    The reasons if no arrest or if 2 or more arrests are made
  15. a detailed account of the incident, shall contain:

    The date and time that the Domestic Violence Brochure was given to the complainant(s).
  16. Members who investigate incidents of domestic violence shall:

    Obtain a written statement from the complainant and witnesses, whenever possible.

    Obtain copies of any recordings of participants made by 911 or other agency.

    Submit the report to a supervisor prior to the end of the member’s work shift.
  17. Members shall not mediate the complaints in order to avoid making an arrest when physical violence or the threat of violence has occurred.
  18. A member may arrest a person without a warrant when there is probable cause to believe that the person has committed an act of domestic violence.
  19. A member may arrest a person without a warrant for an act in violation of an injunction for protection when such person is in violation of the injunction, and:

    Refuses to vacate the dwelling that the parties share; 

    Goes to the petitioner’s residence, school, place of employment, or a specified place frequented by the petitioner and any named family or household member;

    Commits an act of domestic violence against the petitioner;

    Commits any other violation of the injunction through an intentional unlawful threat, word or act to do violence to the petitioner; or

    Telephones, contacts or otherwise communicates with the petitioner directly or indirectly, unless the injunction specifically allows contact through a third party.
  20. When complaints are received from two or more parties, members shall evaluate each complaint separately to determine whether there is probable cause for arrest.
  21. The decision to arrest and charge will not require consent of the victim(s) or consideration of the relationships of the parties.
  22. Members will enforce injunctions for protection from domestic violence and are authorized to arrest any person violating the terms of such injunctions.
  23. Injunctions for protection from domestic violence issued by a court of a foreign state must be enforced as if it were an order of a Florida Court.

    Foreign State” means a state of the United States, other than Florida; the District of Columbia; an Indian Tribe; or a commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
  24. A person may not have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm or ammunition if the person has been issued a final injunction that is currently in force and effect, restraining that person from committing acts of domestic violence.

    1.         Immediate steps will be taken to ensure the safety of the complainant(s). If the incident is in progress, a member will be dispatched or, if not available to respond in a timely manner, the local law enforcement agency will be contacted to respond.

    2.         If one or more of the parties involved are sworn members, reserve members or auxiliary members, the responding member or local law enforcement agency will be notified of the involvement of law enforcement officers. This provision is made to alert the responding officers of the likely presence of firearms.

    3.         Responding members will, as soon as practical, locate and secure all Division issued firearms and ASR, and attempt to locate and secure any personally owned firearms.
  26. Notification will be made to the on-duty/on-call supervisor and shift commander.

    a.         The supervisor will immediately respond to the scene.

    b.         The Shift Commander or on-duty/on-call supervisor will immediately make the following notifications:

    (1)        Troop Commander
    (2)        Chief, Bureau of Investigations
    (3)        Director of Professional Compliance
    (4)        District Commander
    (5)        Troop Public Affairs Officer
    (6)        Chief Public Affairs Officer (General Headquarters)
    (7)        The local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction requesting that they respond and handle the criminal investigation.
  27. Any criminal investigation of the incident will be conducted by the appropriate local law enforcement agency

    If the local agency is unable or unwilling, the Bureau of Investigations will conduct the criminal investigation. The Office of the Inspector General will conduct a parallel administrative investigation of the incident. Appropriate victim assistance provided to the complainant will be coordinated with the local law enforcement agency.
  28. The Troop Commander will place the employee on administrative duty, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation(s) as provided in Chapter 8.01, Florida Highway Patrol Policy Manual.
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2013-01-19 00:45:41

POLICY 22.09
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