Mayor James Beaver

Youth and Family Services

The Kennewick Police Department reorganized and created a Youth and Family Services Unit in September, 1994. This unit is supervised by a sergeant and staffed with 7 officers. The unit contracts with Columbia Basin Domestic Violence to provide an in-house civilian working part-time to follow-up and review all domestic violence reports. The domestic violence advocate contacts the victim and monitors the case through prosecution. The domestic violence advocate also is responsible for referring victims to a number of social services available in the area.

The unit also has two high school resource officers that are assigned to the high schools full-time to provide enforcement, counseling and education in a number of areas including domestic violence. In the middle schools, the unit has officers instructing the D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. programs which tie into self esteem and touch on abuse, both sexual and domestic violence.

In addition, an officer and civilian are assigned to the Community Resource Unit and provide cellular phone service and alarms to victims of domestic violence through a free donation provided by local businesses to protect victims.

The Youth and Family Services Unit has an approximate annual budget of $400,000 provided by city, school district and Columbia Basin Domestic Violence funding.

CONTACT: Captain Ken Hohenberg, Kennewick Police Department, 741 S. Dayton, Kennewick, WA 99336, Telephone - (509) 585-4214, Fax - (509) 582-9528.

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