SC sheriffs agree to domestic abuse investigation policies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina’s sheriffs have agreed to several policies to make sure domestic violence complaints are thoroughly investigated. The sheriffs signed a pledge to have officers write incident reports that are reviewed by a supervisor on every domestic violence call, check for arrest warrants or restraining orders for all people involved and give all officers a laminated checklist to follow.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says the checklist would make sure officers gather evidence in a standard way to help prosecutors. Haley’s domestic violence task force is still meeting.

Haley says Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was the only sheriff to not return her pledge. But Lott says he did return it and his deputies were taking domestic violence seriously long before Haley’s task force.

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