St. Paul is getting serious about domestic violence with a "Blueprint for Safety," reports Minnesota Public Radio.
The blueprint was created in attempt to decrease the amount of domestic related homicides, which 10 years ago St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington, then a district commander, recognized as the leading cause of death in his district, reports Minnesota Public Radio.
With the new plan, police are now trained to ask specific questions and document the answers. The documents follow the case, whereas before crucial information may have never made it to the judge's bench, reports the Star Tribune.
There will also be a faster push to prosecute cases when needed, specifically in cases when the suspect flees the scene, which accounts for 75 percent of St. Paul's domestic abuse cases, reports the Star Tribune.