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St. Petersburg police cars will now display message against domestic violence

Posted: 5:51 PM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 19:37:38-04

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA - Every police car in St. Petersburg will display a new magnet with the messages ‘Stop Domestic Violence’ and ‘Call for Help’.

Chief Anthony Holloway approved the magnets after one of their victim's advocate’s approached him with the idea. More than 400 St. Petersburg PD cars will have the magnet on the back of their car. 

“This is another way of just saying ‘hey if you see something let’s get involved and do something,'” Chief Holloway said.

According to police, the department received more than 8,000 calls for service for domestic violence incidents last year. Police tell us between 2013 and 2017, 15 people were killed in a domestic-related homicide in the city.

“We want to make sure that we can break this cycle. This is one of {the} most important calls we go on….(and) one of our most dangerous calls,” Chief Holloway said.

Today the chief created a new position. He has assigned a detective full-time to handle domestic violence investigations.