California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 22

Violence Experts on Call Award-winning program pairs domestic violence specialists with officers. ?When Christopher Boyd began his job as chief of the newly formed Citrus Heights Police Department in 2006, the law enforcement veteran quickly realized the prevalence of domestic violence calls pouring in. ?“It was a major problem,” Boyd says. ? A longtime champion of community-based policing, Boyd started looking at ways to deal with the issue. He joined the board of a non-profit domestic violence agency in the city of 88,000 in Sacramento County, helped build up the agency, and by 2009 he had come up with an innovative partnership with the city’s Domestic Violence Intervention Center. ? Now, Boyd and the Citrus Heights PD are being honored for their work in handling domestic violence cases with the 2012 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing. Boyd and his fellow officers will be recognized at the 2012 California Police Chiefs Association Training Symposium on March 12 in Sacramento. “This is such an honor for our police department,” said Boyd, 45. “This award embodies the community-policing philosophy that is part of our department’s culture.” With the exception of traffic stops, domestic violence calls are considered the most dangerous and unpredictable for police officers. Raw emotions and trigger-hair tempers can quickly turn a victim against an officer who is there to offer help. Children and other witnesses can become spooked by cops carrying guns and handcuffs. 22 | Behind The Badge Citrus Heights Chief Christopher Boyd