The Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter conducted a training session Thursday to educate, train and provide information about changes in related laws to law enforcement officers.
Assistant attorney general Heather Wagner discussed Mississippi domestic violence laws and the role of law enforcement.
"I’ve found that the officers are very aware and current on their knowledge of the laws," said Wagner. "This is just sort of an explanatory assistance in helping them learn how to use the new provisions."
"We have to train the officers and make sure when you get to a scene that they don't respond off of emotion," said assistant chief Keith McCary. "In other words, if they get there and they feel sorry with one of the sides, not to side with that individual, just look at the facts of the case. Look for evidence of an assault. If an assault has occurred, make an arrest based on that probable cause."
A person convicted of domestic violence could lose their right to possess a firearm.
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Source: http://www.ndvh.org/ndvh2.html ( National Domestic Violence Hotline Web Site)