2010-01-07 / Local & State

Philly Police Address Surge In Domestic Slayings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Police Department is changing the way officers handle domestic abuse cases.

There has been an unexpected surge in domestic homicides, even as the city’s overall homicide rate has dropped significantly.

An updated police directive will not be ready until after the new year, but the focus will be on better collection and use of information.

Police districts will be required to keep their own databases on domestic calls, which will show victims and homes with repeat calls.

Dispatchers will be required to provide that data when an officer responds to a call.

Deputy Commissioner Patricia Giorgio-Fox says the changes should help officers see warning signs that could predict future violence.

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