Commander James Edelstein is 'national leader'
Will participate in the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women
Prescott Valley Commander James Edelstein has been chosen as one of several law enforcement personnel from around the country to participate in the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women.
Edelstein, along with the other selected participants, will spend four days in Kansas City, Missouri, learning new approaches for investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.
Edelstein said he's already received several "homework" assignments, one being how the department can improve its policies in addressing domestic violence investigations.
In addition, he will gather information on how other agencies hire officers, paying attention to prior DV histories.
"We already have a sound practice. We're very careful in disqualifying people with that kind of history," he said.
The department's Family Violence Unit began in 2009, funded by a grant and will see an extension for at least the next three years.
In 2013 the department, as a whole, responded to 760 incidents, although not every one was charged criminally, he said. Last year, the department made 324 arrests from those incidents.
Edelstein said he felt honored to be chosen to attend the course and desires to come back with a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding violence against women.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said.
The Prescott Valley Police Department Family Violence Unit works closely with Victim Witness and presents classes to officers, educators, health care workers, community members, and the Citizen Police Academy to provide them the tools to recognize, understand, and work with people involved in domestic violence situations, according to its Website. The functions of the unit include:
Investigate domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and dating violence, to include strangulation cases.
Serve Orders of Protection, Injunction Against Harassment and Court Advocacy.
Liaison and support patrol.
Prepare and execute search warrants.
Domestic violence warrant arrests.
Provide relevant training for law enforcement personnel and other community partners.
Assist victims in developing safety plans and accessing appropriate resources.
Assist other agencies.
Facilitate monthly Coordinated Community Response Team meetings which includes various partner agencies dedicated to addressing violence by advocating empathy, respect, education and resources for the people in Yavapai County.