Fairbanks police to hire domestic violence officer

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Police say Fairbanks needs its own domestic violence officer for Alaska's second largest city.

So the department plans to use a $300,000 federal grant to fund a full-time domestic violence investigator for two years.

"By having a dedicated domestic violence investigator, it's going to allow that person's sole focus to be handling and coordinating the necessary follow-up to ensure these cases are adequately prosecuted," chief Dan Hoffman said.

Police say the department already averages one felony or misdemeanor domestic violence arrest per day and is on pace to surpass that average this year.

About a month ago, the department received the $313,231 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Police are going through the application process now.

Lt. Tara Tippett said the department hopes to fill this slot before Jan. 1, but it must also fill a patrol position.

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