Westchester program trains officers to prevent deaths from domestic violence
News 12 is getting an inside look at a Westchester policing program that is being used as a model for domestic violence response across the state.
The county's Domestic Violence High Risk Team trained officers in Bronxville Wednesday to use the lethality assessment program.
It's a dozen simple questions that help officers know if someone is at high risk of being killed or seriously hurt by a partner.
If they score high, they're immediately connected with an advocate at Westchester Medical Center.
The agencies that team up for the training say they've trained 40 out of 45 departments so far in the county, which ranks second in the state for most murders by significant others. "The most important thing is getting victims who have been underserved by all of us in the criminal justice system better protection, better service and better understanding," says White Plains Police Chief Joe Castelli.
The county's Office for Women just won a $1 million grant in the fall to keep training departments over the next four years.