Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) co-sponsored S.B. 466, An Act Concerning Dual Arrests and the Training Required of Law Enforcement Personnel with Respect to Domestic Violence.
“There are far too many incidents where victims of domestic abuse remain in the shadows because they are afraid to report these assaults to the police,” Rep. Bocchino said. “That is wrong. The police are here to protect us, and I think with more extensive training and allowing the responding officers more discretion, they will be able to identify the aggressor, and ultimately save someone from further abuse. As lawmakers, it is our job to stand up for the most vulnerable, especially victims of domestic violence. I think this bill does just that, and it has my full support.
Dual arrest is when both parties are taken into custody during a domestic violence incident regardless of who was at fault. This has discouraged many victims from seeking help over the years. With this bill, lawmakers hope that more individuals will come forward and report these incidents to the authorities. Under this bill, law enforcement officials will have more discretion when determining who to arrest. The bill also calls for more extensive training to assist the responding officer(s) in these situations.
The bill passed 147-1-2 and is in concurrence with the Senate. It will now make its way to the governor’s desk for his signature.