From The Tribune staff reports
GARDENDALE — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office hosted training by the ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office at Gardendale High School on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.
Local law enforcement was able to participate in the training and guidance on the prosecution of domestic violence-related cases in Federal Court.
“There are nearly 100 domestic violence assaults reported to law enforcement every day in Alabama,” said Sgt. Joni Money. “If the abuser has access to a firearm, the chances that the victim will be killed dramatically increases.”
Handing domestic violence cases is important for law enforcement to ensure prosecution, stronger penalties, prison time and greater separation from the victim.
“We want to make sure our deputies and other local law enforcement agencies have every tool available to them in order to protect families here in Jefferson County,” said Sheriff Mark Pettway.
Over 100 people representing 30 agencies attended the training.