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Domestic violence stats surprise Maumee Citizens’ Police Academy students

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MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Domestic violence is a big problem for police departments across the country, and it's not different in Maumee.

In the last class of the Maumee Citizens' Police Academy before graduation, startling statistics about domestic violence set the tone.

"If we did solve the problem of domestic violence, we would solve over 50 percent of the homicides," said Sgt. David Tullis. "Because a lot of our homicides are domestic-related."

Domestic violence comes in many forms and affects a variety of people. It is the reason for a majority of the calls for Maumee Police.

Sgt. Tullis shared stories that drew gasps from the class, but he also shared life-saving tips. Those included signs of abuse and knowing the right time to leave when so many victims don't.

"When you do call the police and they arrest him [or her], you have to be a victim. You have to be a good victim and you have to be a good witness and you have to testify," he explained. "And there's plans, and you have to do it and you have to stick with that plan."

The class also covered forensic photography. As evidence for a case, photos can be the greatest asset to the investigation and potential trial, whether it's photos from an accident or homicide, no case is complete without them.

Next week, the class will cover two quick topics and then students will graduate.

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