Mullin
Mullin (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

The Maryland State Police is ramping up its fight against domestic violence.

The agency announced this month it was assigning criminal supervisors at each of the 22 barracks to be domestic violence investigation coordinators.

The coordinator is tasked with handling and reviewing each domestic violence incident reported at the barrack.

Det. Sgt. Tim Mullin, head of the Westminster barrack's Criminal Investigation Division, will take over this new role.

Mullin, a 15-year veteran of the state police, came to the Westminster barrack last year after working in the state police's Drug Enforcement Division.

While the new policy won't eliminate cases of domestic violence, it can ultimately work toward reducing the number of repeat victims, Mullin said.

"This would certainly help those that have been victims of domestic abuse already," Mullin said. "I think it would help reduce the likeliness of them getting assaulted again."

The policy gives the coordinator the tools to put victims in contact with a counselor, who can help develop a plan of action for the victim.

"By assigning domestic violence coordinators at each barrack, troopers can better serve victims living in these horrible situations," state police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown said in a prepared release. "The coordinators will ensure all available resources are utilized to protect the rights and safety of the victims and their families."

Carroll has averaged 432 domestic violence cases from 2006 to 2010, according to the Maryland Uniform Crime Report.

Baltimore County averaged the highest number of domestic violence cases in that time span with 4,490.

Carroll has the 13th highest number of reported domestic violence cases out of the 24 Maryland jurisdictions.

The coordinator will conduct follow-up interviews with each victim and offer assistance including obtaining a peace or protective order for the victim, if needed.

"The Maryland State Police is committed to make certain that each domestic violence investigation is conducted in a thorough and professional manner, yielding the best chance to end the cycle of violence and successfully prosecute the abuser," Brown said.

Since the Domestic Violence Act of 1994, all Maryland law enforcement agencies submit their domestic violence reports to the state police, which use that data to compile the domestic violence statistics in the Maryland Uniform Crime Report.

In 2010, there were 17,931 domestic violence crimes reported. Of those, 16,513 reports were assault cases, according to the report.

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