Police departments differ in their response to domestic violence calls

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Posted on December 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 29 at 6:22 PM

DALLAS - Police departments differ in how they respond to domestic violence calls.

Officer Jillian Michelle Smith, 24, was on her own when she was fatally shot while taking a report of a domestic assault at the Arbrook Park Apartments in Arlington last night.

As the suspect had left the premises, it was normal procedure for an officer to take the report on his or her own, city spokeswoman Tiara Richard said.

In Dallas, police officers say they rely on information from the 911 call to determine how many officers show up.

If the assault already occurred and it seems like there is no threat, one officer will go alone to take the report. If there is any question about the suspect at large, two officers go together.

Other cities, like Carrollton, have similar policies.

But in Frisco, officers call family violence "the most sensitive area of law enforcement and presents the greatest challenge and risk to officers."

For that reason, two officers respond to domestic issues, just in case. Grapevine police do the same - two officers, no matter what.

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