Callaway County hopes to hire a second domestic violence investigator

3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 7:50:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
By: Rob Veno, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

FULTON - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office is currently looking to expand its domestic violence investigation staff by hiring an additional investigator.

The staff currently has one person on the job, which also requires follow-ups, evidence collection and prepping witnesses for felony cases.

“It’s been a huge asset to the department,” Chism said. “By having these domestic violence investigators, they can stay on the case to make sure if there is any additional evidence being collected. They are out searching for witnesses, they’re doing a lot of leg work, a lot of proactive work to try and figure out that case.”

In Callaway County, the domestic disturbance investigator is responsible for all the calls from the sheriff's office, Fulton Police Department and Holts Summit Police Department. This year all three departments have combined for 401 cases of felony domestic disturbance. That means just one person is averaging roughly one and a half cases per day, which Sheriff Clay Chism says is too much.

“When we say we’re investigating 1.4, 1.5 domestic cases a day, it’s easy to look at that, as ‘oh that’s just call, or a call and a half a day.’” Chism said. “The men and woman who are in these investigative roles they’re dealing with the aftermath and they’re doing the follow-up which literally takes hours maybe even days per case. So that’s why it’s so important that we hire a second domestic violence investigator.”

Chism said this year the county’s domestic disturbance rate is on pace to go up. The county’s rate has been either remaining the same or steadily increasing for the past five years, creating a greater need for another investigator.

Part of this increase has to do with changes to state laws. In Missouri there are now four levels of domestic disturbance charges, where before there were only three. In addition three of those four levels are felony cases, which require a domestic disturbance investigator.

To help alleviate some of the burden, the sheriff’s office plans to re-apply for a federal Violence Against Women Act grant, which is a two year federal grant that is given to aid in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women

The county would supplement the grant by providing approximately $53,750.

Chism said the funding for another domestic disturbance investigator is worth every penny.

“If we can keep a victim safe for an additional day that’s money well spent,” he said.

The president of the Missouri chapter of the National Organization for Woman, Seileach Corleigh, said the safety people feel after their victimizer goes to jail can not be put into words.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling, when you know that somebody who has been responsible for hurting you can not hurt you or anybody else again,” Corleigh said. “The feeling is indescribable.”

 

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - A 10-acre fire threatened several homes just outside of Columbia Sunday. The fire was near the... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:04:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - With all 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives up for election this November, campaigns are getting... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:57:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
LICKING - The Texas County Sheriff's Office canceled an Endangered Silver Advisory for an 85-year-old woman reported missing... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:30:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - A California man was taken into custody after deputies reported finding a "substantial amount" of meth inside... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:20:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia plans to pull together a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 5:58:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
CENTERTOWN - A warm, but blustery Sunday morning carried the smell of gunpowder over Rock Creek Road in Centertown, a... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will soon be supplementing classroom training with online courses, according to Public Information Officer... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 10:14:00 AM CST February 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A fire destroyed a home on East Mount Hope Road early Sunday morning. Boone County Fire... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:53:00 AM CST February 18, 2018 in News
Eric Hosmer is leaving the Royals. Hosmer signed an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres for for around... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:04:00 AM CST February 18, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - More than 100 students gathered to compete in the 2018 Columbia Elementary & Middle School Scholastic Chess Tournament... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 5:22:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Father Tolton Catholic High School Blazers and the Battle High School Spartan Sparklers came to share their... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:49:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
ASHLAND – The Ashland Police Department is taking precautionary measures after a school shooting at a Florida high school. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:36:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH – Elementary students displayed their creativity on Saturday. Hy-Vee hosted a Junior Chefs Energy Bite competition. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:40:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police were unsure Saturday who drove a vehicle they believe hit and killed a man on I-70.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:34:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Public Schools will have two high schools by August 2019. The district held a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 1:09:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boys & Girls Club of Columbia kicks off its 13th annual MFA Oil Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-off... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 6:35:00 AM CST February 17, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT- Leonard Stephenson has lived in his mobile home, on the same street, for over 20 years. "I... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 12:55:00 AM CST February 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Department of Mental Health is notifying 1,000 people that some personal information... More >>
2 days ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 5:16:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
3am 55°
4am 56°
5am 57°
6am 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00a
2018 Olympic Winter Games
3:30a
Inside Edition
4:00a
Paid Program
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld