Since they began offering a new questionnaire to victims of intimate partner crimes, Pittsburgh police have screened over 650 people, according to new statistics released Monday.
Sergeant Eric Kroll said that “of the 658 people screened since the program began in mid-December, 378 sought follow-up services with a local domestic violence shelter.
Officers are required to ask questions intended to predict whether someone is in danger of being killed by a partner. Some questions ask whether the aggressor has used weapons in the past or has a history of threatening to kill.
“Pittsburgh police began using the Lethality Assessment Program — the Maryland Model last year, after the death of a Larimer woman named Ka’Sandra Wade, who was killed by the father of her child and whose disconnected 911 call and subsequent police response were the subject of an internal investigation,” writes Liz Navratil.