The law firm of Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson hosted a 1-day training event for local law enforcement officers on family and domestic violence. The event took place on March 3, 2020, and again on March 5th.
Mike Mertz, a skilled law enforcement professional, presented a P.O.S.T certified training on the topics of mandated family violence response, physical aggressor identification, and family violence dynamics. Also, the Domestic Violence Shelter talked about local victim services.
Mertz has 19 years of experience training criminal justice and mental health professionals on how to respond to family violence and sexual assault cases. He’s also a certified investigator of family crimes, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking.
The main reason why Westmoreland Law continues to offer this course to officers in Houston County, Georgia, and surrounding areas is because there’s a high rate of turnover in law enforcement. Because of this, we want to make sure each new officer is aware of any changes in the area of family and domestic violence.
All officers who attended the 1-day training received 6 P.O.S.T credit hours for family violence.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 10 million Americans are affected by family and domestic violence every year. This type of crime isn’t limited to a certain race, religion, or socioeconomic status—it affects them all. Domestic violence is also responsible for an average of 1,500 deaths per year.
Westmoreland Law is committed to supporting Georgians that have been affected by domestic violence (and other crimes) by continuing to sponsor law enforcement training like this and other local community events. As experienced Georgia attorneys, our team is also here to advocate on your behalf in personal injury, workers’ compensation, car accident, and Social Security disability cases.
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