Officers arrest 25 out of 162 people with outstanding warrants

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team worked with agencies throughout Oregon — as well as agencies across the country — to arrest people with outstanding family-violence warrants Oct. 16. Locally, they conducted a total of 162 arrest warrant service attempts.

By 10 p.m. that day, this massive enforcement effort resulted in the arrests of 25 men and women in Clackamas County with existing family-violence-related arrest warrants. Arrestees have been booked in the Clackamas and Multnomah county jails.

Local agencies that participated in Clackamas County included police departments from Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Gladstone, Oregon City and West Linn, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service and Clackamas County Community Corrections.

The 11th-annual apprehension detail included approximately 200 county sheriffs’ offices, police departments, probation departments, and community agencies from 21 states. All agencies served outstanding arrest warrants — with charges ranging from harassment to homicide.

This collaborative effort, commonly known as the SWEEP, helps raise awareness of the problem of family and domestic violence in our communities. According to a press release, it also demonstrates to offenders that they will be held accountable for their violence.

In a pre-SWEEP briefing at the Public Safety Training Center, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts spoke to law-enforcement personnel and the media, along with Amanda Marshall, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon, and DixieLynn Johnson, a professional mental health therapist specializing in PTSD who provides individual and couples counseling to soldiers and their families.

“The first sweep was held on Oct. 23, 2003,” Roberts said at the briefing. “We attempted to serve about 1,200 warrants and made 129 arrests. Six law-enforcement agencies participated, all located here in the Portland metropolitan area. Today, the sweep is a national effort. It’s the cornerstone of our participation in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And to show you how far we’ve come in the past 11 years, here are the results from last year’s sweep: Over 800 law-enforcement agencies from 20 states participated in the SWEEP in 2012. We made warrant service attempts on more than 3,500 suspects and took nearly 800 people to jail, and those results came from all across the United States, not just our local communities. Since 2003, we have made over 46,000 attempts and nearly 10,000 arrests across the country.”

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