CLACKAMAS CO., Ore. (KOIN) — Law enforcement agencies from around Clackamas County went door-to-door Wednesday with arrest warrants targeting domestic violence offenders.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts was one of several dozen men and women in uniform at the front door of a home in Gladstone where they searched for a suspect with an outstanding domestic violence warrant.
“We are here to support survivors and we want them to know, most importantly, that we care and that we are going to stand up and hold these offenders accountable,” Sheriff Roberts said.
Sheriff Roberts started the domestic violence arrest warrant sweep 13 years ago when he was working as a detective.
Since then, law enforcement officials have made contact with 54,000 people across 36 states that have now joined the campaign. It’s resulted in more than 11,000 arrests.
“What usually happens, when we’re out knocking on people’s doors, folks in the following days of this event are turning themselves in because we will come back,” Sheriff Roberts explained.
Victims advocates, sheriff’s staff and others worked well into the evening as police and deputies took warrants and sought out suspects.
By the end of the night, 34 people were taken into custody for offenses including assault, strangulation, menacing and harassment.
“If this is one night when we can be out there and we can take these guys to jail, then we know that the victim can sleep and rest easy because that person that’s been victimizing them is in jail,” Nate Thompson with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
The event serves as an assurance to victims of domestic abuse that someone is looking out for them.
On Thursday, participating restaurants around Portland will donate part of the proceeds from the day to the Salvation Army West women’s and children shelter and the Portland Women’s Crisis Line as part of the Nosh 4 Non Violence event. Find the list of participating restaurants here.
Some area resources include:
Oregon Domestic Violence Resource Center:
In Hillsboro: 503.640.5352, ext. 302
Portland Women Crisis Line
The Gateway Center
10305 E Burnside St