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APD: 18 percent of recent murders involve domestic violence

Patrick Hayes
December 04, 2018 06:47 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque police are being trained on how to identify and address domestic violence before it’s too late.

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Cmdr. Paul Szych hosted Tuesday’s training.

"We want to make sure that we are doing anything and everything that can be done to help victims of domestic violence,” said Szych.

According to Szych, 18 percent of this past year’s homicides were related to domestic violence.

Szych has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience including 8 years in charge of APD’s domestic violence and stalking unit.

During that 8-year span, Szych oversaw more than 1,800 domestic violence cases where no one was killed so he turned his practices into a book which he now uses to train other officers.

"One of the things in all my studies of these types of events are threats to kill is the number one precursor of an individual being killed and this is especially true if you're dealing with domestic violence and/or stalking-related cases,” he said.

Now, he’s urging other officers to identify “high-lethality” offenders early on in their investigations.

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