October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Now you can do something to help spread awareness, just by downloading a book.?

?From October 11th – October 31st if you download any of the following three books, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Domestic Violence Awareness.?

I’m a huge supporter of the Domestic Violence campaigns. For years as a Police Officer I saw the worst of the worst. From verbal arguments to homicide at the hands of a partner, I saw the devastation that it caused. Not only did I see it first hand, but there was a time in my life that I too lived as a victim. That is why I spent several years working on the Board of Directors for my local Domestic Violence Center, and why I write stories to educate people about what happens behind closed doors and inside the mind of a victim.
What you can do to help – Purchase a copy of one of these books, or all three, and a portion of each sale will be donated to a Domestic Violence Center.
Note: At this time, these three books are only available on Amazon. The Kindle Reader App is free to download on Amazon.

You’re Not Alone

?Trinity Morris, co-founder of You?re Not Alone, has a domestic violence
past that still haunts her ten years later. She is devoted to helping
victims find freedom and to sharing information on how to help them
through their emotional and violent trials. While Trinity is presenting
at a seminar, she comes across Gavin, a police officer who knows her
past all too well.It?s been ten years since he last saw her, but
the moment Gavin?s eyes land on her, he?s intent on getting to know the
woman who has haunted his dreams all these years.

Can Gavin
break through the wall that Trinity has built around herself, or will
the present and the past collide and take her away from him again?

Check out the Video Trailer:

 

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?Whether I’ll Live of Die

??It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.?

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will
be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small
town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
It is her job, her career and her life.
Amanda stands where
protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her,
Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order
to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns
violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a
victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the
edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.
A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?
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Barbara’s Plea

?Barbara lives in constant fear of her husband. She finally summons the
courage to leave with their young daughter, Allie, but dreads the moment
her husband learns of their escape. In his desire to control them and
bend them to his will, he will leave no stone unturned to punish
them–especially Barbara.Grey?s future seems bleak,
especially the day he is fired, but everything begins to turn around the
moment he absently sinks down on a bench occupied by wealthy Gloria
Withers. Gloria sees something in him that no one else bothers to notice
and, within moments, a friendship is sparked that will withstand many
trials.

When Barbara makes good her escape and arrives on the
doorstep of her grandmother, Gloria, whom she hasn’t seen for years,
Barbara is greeted instead by Grey. It doesn’t take long for a different
kind of spark to fly as Barbara takes up residence in the Withers
mansion.

When Grey falls inexorably in love with not only
Barbara, but also her daughter Allie, he vows to do everything he can to
protect them from her husband who is out for revenge.

Check out the video Trailer

 

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After the Arrest – Behind the Scenes

On the Beat ? Experience from the Street

The question today is: We know they have to arrest people, but what then happens behind the scenes?

Now that?s a loaded question!

Sometimes calls require very little paperwork. Maybe a line or two about the situation describing why you were dispatched there and what the end result is. A residential alarm is a good example. If I went to an alarm call, I?d write it like this:

dreamstime_s_11120195Responding officer was dispatched to 123 Main Street for a report of a residential alarm with front door activation. Upon arrival the residence was found to be secure with no visible signs of entry. Alarm card was left. Clear.

But for calls where officers have to do more, the reports get much more in-depth. I believe my longest report was 78 pages. That wasn?t just one report, but a series of them as I followed through on a homicide investigation.

Reports generally start off with the where and why of the dispatch and then transition into the visual of the scene upon arrival. It moves into the details of what transpired during the incident. Supplemental reports will contain interviews, lab reports, evidence reports and further information that is discovered during the course of the investigation.shutterstock_49448179

Let?s use the case of a DUI crash ? the officers report will start with why he was dispatched and the information that was passed along to him by the dispatcher, such as the location and number of vehicles. The officer arrives on scene and his report will reflect what he sees; the position of the car(s), the actions of the driver(s) and any passengers. The officer will also comment in his report anything spoken by the subjects during his initial investigation that could be important for prosecution.

He will also add where the vehicles were towed, if that is the case, and if the suspected DUI driver submitted to field testing and blood draws or refused. There are several forms that are filled out for these two things, along with Miranda forms. If the incident was an accident, there is a crash report to complete that becomes part of the file.

After the initial arrest, the subject is either held in lock-up or released to a family member or friend. These are case by case and per department guidelines. The officer will then complete the reports and if blood was drawn, they will package the evidence. Evidence forms are completed and that information is turned over to the evidence custodian. The evidence custodian is responsible for making sure the blood is transferred to the lab for a blood alcohol level (BAC).

dreamstime_s_5638902In some departments, charges are filed immediately on the subject with the blood alcohol level listed as pending. In other departments, the charges are held until the reports are returned from the lab and they will include the level. The higher the level, the higher the criminal charge in most states.

When charges are filed, the officer will then be subpoena to court to testify. In Pennsylvania, we hold preliminary hearings for criminal charges in District Courts. During these prelims, the judge decides if the Commonwealth (the police officer) has enough evidence of a crime and if the defendant (the person being charged) could have committed that crime. ?No guilty or not-guilty plea is done at this time. It is only to decide if the case should progress further.

Sometimes at the Prelim level, an agreement is made. For a DUI ? it could be an accelerated rehabilitation that includes drug and alcohol counseling, a probation period, fines and community service. These are decided amongst the attorneys, but generally officers are asked if they have any issue with an agreement.

If no agreement is done at this level, it moves up to the Court of Common Pleas (again this is in PA), and the officer will communicate with the assistant district attorney assigned to the case to further prosecute.

That?s a long answer for a short question!

On the Beat – Experience from the Street is based on my own personal experience from my fifteen plus years of law enforcement. If you have a question you’d like to ask, send me an email and I’ll add it to my list to answer! (Stacy@StacyEaton.com)

Please note that I will not discuss political issues, or respond to questions about what other officers do that is questionable. This is a positive place to help people understand what officers deal with while working the streets.