Victims are the priority but suspects are also being focused on when it comes to domestic violence in Canyon.
Canyon’s Chief of Police took to social media this weekend to make sure people know they are taking an aggressive approach to domestic violence.
Canyon PD is taking a stance on this particular coalition, we are going to stand beside them. We are going to try to combat repeat offender, we are going to identify repeat offenders,” said Dale Davis, Canyon Chief of Police.
Davis says they are doing this by not only making sure the victim is taken care of but also by telling the suspect, they will be watching them.
“We focus the needs of the victim but we also focus on the offender and what we are doing is providing them with a letter, putting them on notice, that not only is Canyon PD but all these other entities, we are going to be watching for them,” added Davis.
The Canyon Police Department will be working closely with the domestic violence coalition which includes several other organizations in the area.
“It is a program that is well overdue and because I know the city of Amarillo has identified they have a real problem, but I can tell you that looking at our data, over the last couple of years, our family violence complaints are going up also,” said Davis.
Davis tells us Canyon hasn’t seen a rise in domestic violence-related homicides but they are hearing of several reports of abuse.
“Small Canyon, Texas, we are averaging six to ten a month, and that’s a lot. That is way too much,” added Davis.
If you are a victim, Davis asks you to contact law enforcement for help.
He says he wants to work to break the cycle of domestic abuse.