Domestic Violence One of the Most Dangerous Calls for Officers


Dickinson police say domestic violence is the most challenging call officers can have. 

It’s also among the most frequent calls the police department gets.


Last year, the city responded to an average of one domestic violence call a day.


Domestic violence can range from a verbal dispute to a physical altercation.


Dickinson police captain David Wilke says if it’s verbal they try to tell one of the parties to leave, but if it’s physical it will lead to a arrest.


He says some times the call can be a misunderstanding and no action is needed, nonetheless, the police department takes every call very seriously.


“We never send an officer alone into a domestic violence call, “ Wilke said. “They always approach with caution but with enough urgency in case something is going on inside they want to be able to save life and protect life.”


He says domestic violence incidents can involve a number of different things that makes the situation more dangerous.


“A lot of the times domestic violence also involves other factors like alcohol drugs and definitely anger,” he said. “They can also involve weapons.”


This year the city responded to 48 domestic violence calls, compared to 36 during this time last year.

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