An innovative violence intervention initiative developed by the Delaware Capitol Police Department has received the inaugural “Beau” Biden Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.
The Capitol Police’s Violence Intervention program, introduced in 2013, provides protection for people involved in domestic violence-related court appearances. The Capitol Police received the award during the Delaware Criminal Justice Council’s December meeting at the Buena Vista State Conference Center in New Castle County.
The intervention program, developed in 2013 by Capitol Police Chief John Horsman, evaluates the risk of potential violence and provides any necessary protection to anyone involved in the case via security details and escorts.
The program is the first of its kind in the nation, according to Capitol Police Lt. Britt Davis, who oversees it. “It takes a team to put together a program like this,” Davis said. “It’s an honor to be the first recipient of this award.”
“I am very proud of the members of the Delaware Capitol Police and the fine work they do. This program is yet another example of the initiative they take in ensuring the public’s safety and exemplifies the care they have for our domestic violence victims,” said James Mosley, Secretary, Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
The award is named after Delaware’s former Attorney General and is administered by the state’s Criminal Justice Council. It recognizes programs that provide effective services that address criminal justice issues in Delaware’s communities.
“We thought that the program being utilized by Capitol Police was the most appropriate nominee this year and we’re really pleased to give it to them,” said Criminal Justice Council chair and Dover attorney James Liguori. “They are worthy of the award in honor of Beau.”