Mayor Richard Howard

Priority Prosecution Group

When the Malden Police Department applied for the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, grant, the goal was to form a Domestic Violence Priority Prosecution Group. The goal of the group is to coordinate the legal system's response to repeat domestic violence offenders. Domestic violence is often a recurring crime, and the police are called to the same homes, and arrest the same offender many times. The Malden Police and Middlesex County District Attorney's Office plan to reduce the numbers of repeat domestic occurrences by aggressively targeting serious cases from the beginning of their involvement with the legal system.

The Priority Prosecution Group meets weekly and consists of members of the Malden Police Domestic Violence Unit, Malden Court Adult Probation, Malden Department of Social Services, and the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Prosecutor and Victim Witness Advocate. The group's goal is to identify repeat offenders, track them through the system, and provide available services to the victims of domestic crimes.

The primary benefit of the Priority Prosecution Group is the consistent exchange of information between participating members. The Malden Police are updated on probation warrants and the status of criminal cases. Probation is informed of new warrants or police reports. The District Attorney's Office is updated on new police reports or probation compliance. The Malden Police Liaison and the District Attorney's Office Victim Witness Advocate can coordinate their efforts to ensure that victims are provided with options and information. The Department of Social Services can gather information from other members, which gives them a broader perspective on families involved with the Department of Social Services.

The proactive approach of the Priority Prosecution Group has strengthened law enforcement's efforts by providing serious consequences for habitual domestic offenders. The aggressive prosecution of batterers should deter future offenders from committing domestic violence crimes.

CONTACT: Amy Prisco, Domestic Liaison, Malden Police Department, 200 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Telephone - (617) 397-7171, Fax - (617) 397-0296; or Cormack Cullen, Victim Witness Advocate, Malden District Attorney's Office, 24 Summer Street, Malden, MA 02148, Telephone - (617) 322-2020.

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