Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

October 8, 2013

New Directions a huge help to local police

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We at the Greensburg Police Department have now developed a great partnership with New Directions. We can call any time and receive an immediate response whether it is for sheltering a victim or for any of the other many services they provide.

Having this resource here in Decatur County, we can refer the victims to New Directions and not have to spend the man-hours it takes to assist a victim in getting a protective order, for example. As most Law Enforcement Agencies in Indiana, we have increased call volume without an increase in personnel. Knowing the staff at New Directions and their dedication to helping victims of domestic violence, the officers feel comfortable calling their staff and facilitating that connection between the two agencies. These officers know that when they call the New Directions staff, the victims will get the help they need. I can’t imagine not having the great resource that New Directions brings to Decatur County. I can say that without them here, we would need to spend many more man-hours assisting in the victims’ process of getting out of the situations they are in. Please don’t get me wrong; we at the Greensburg Police Department would do whatever needed to be done, but by doing that all by ourselves, it could potentially take away from other calls for services being requested. Just knowing that Diane and her staff are a phone call away is very reassuring to me and my staff.

I hope with this letter, we can count on continued support from the community and other organizations providing resources to New Directions to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Decatur County who find themselves victims of domestic violence.

Thank you for your time,

Stacey Chasteen,

Chief of Police,

City of Greensburg

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