Seattle officers, detectives, and SWAT team members worked to serve 168 outstanding warrants yesterday as part of the fourth annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Law enforcement agencies nationwide participated. It made no difference whether they were charged with felonies or misdemeanors. “Some of these warrants are older, but they’re still on the books, and they’re still good, and we’ll be looking for you,” said one police supervisor.
The detectives hope that by serving warrants, they are preventing someone from being assaulted, or worse, by a domestic partner. Because those named in the warrants are part of a transient population, police generally find no more than 10 percent of those they are seeking. Still, the police efforts are a sign of society’s progress in treating domestic violence as a social problem, said Merril Cousin of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “The good news is that 20 or 30 years ago, there was nothing. Now, here in King County, we have several shelters. But as the range of services increases, the demand keeps increasing. There is help but not enough of it,” she said.