Sheriff David Mahoney is proud to announce that the Dane County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded funding for the WI STOP Violence Against Women Act Program 5: Specialized Enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office applied for the competitive funding and was selected to receive $21,149.89. The program is administered by the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance.
“The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has always been a leader in working to stop domestic violence and this program will help us continue that mission,” said Sheriff David Mahoney.
The majority of the grant dollars will go towards equipment and technology to enhance domestic violence related investigations, as well as provide additional protection to victims. The program will run from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, however the equipment purchased now will have a long lasting effect in serving victims for years to come.
Marlys Howe, Manager of the Domestic Violence Unit for the Dane County District Attorney’s Office had this to say, “I praise the Dane County Sheriff’s Office for working on ways to make victims feel safer. They understand the importance of domestic violence and when our staff calls upon their dedicated domestic violence detectives to assist us with victims, each time they respond with the same sense of urgency. Without them, this project would not work”.
Dane County is still one of the few law enforcement agencies to have detectives who specialize in investigating domestic violence related cases. Their experience and training has proven to be vital in the successful disposition of domestic violence related cases in Dane County.