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CRIME TRACKERS: PCSD and TPD bridge gap on Domestic Violence cases

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TUCSON- Finding people wanted for domestic violence may have gotten easier.

Tucson Police and Pima County Sheriff's Department will soon be sharing information on their attempt to locate individuals.

It was the brainchild of  Tucson Police detective Clark Burnett.  He said when he was a patrol officer assigned to a special unit, he not only had access to the agency's computer known as Intergraph but to the Sheriff's Department's system known as Spillman. “I would come across individuals that were wanted out of Pima County, Marana or spillman agency and we had nothing in our system.”

That's because the individuals didn't have arrest warrants. Warrants show up in computer data bases all across the country.  However, attempt to locate only show up in data bases pertaining to the investigating agency, as do probable cause and stop and arrest alerts.

So come January 1st, any law enforcement agency in Pima County will now know who is wanted on domestic violence charges. 

Burnett said, “When they come across a subject we will be able to see that subject is wanted for a felony offense so there is probable cause existing to arrest them. So they will be detained and held accountable for their actions.”

At the Pima County Sheriff' Department, Burnett’s counterpart Detective Adam Williams said this will help them do their job, and keep the public safe.  “It helps even the officer safety itself so that other agencies officers when they are out doing their job they have a better understanding of the person they are dealing with.”

In 2016, 4,823 domestic violence cases were reported in Pima County. 

In the city there were about 9,500.

Detective Williams told News 4 Tucson he’s had cases where he had contact with suspects and wasn't aware they were wanted by another agency because they didn't have a warrant. “I’d find out after the fact that the person I had contact with needed to be detained for another case but wasn't because we didn't know.”

Beginning in January the records sections for both agencies are going to start sharing  ATL's.  It's the civilian employees who will input the data.

Burnett added, “I think it’s important to recognize the important role that our civilian employees play in this “

There is a 90 day trial period, after that the agencies will consider integrating it with other investigative units. 

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