Mayor Craig A. Moe and Chief Richard McLaughlin are pleased to announce that the Laurel Police Department has included use of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in its analysis of calls for service. The Laurel Police Department, serving a population of about 25,000, activated the LAP on June 1st, working with its partner, the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County. Laurel becomes the largest municipal police force in Prince George’s to place the LAP into its service protocols.
The Lethality Assessment Program is an easy and effective method that identifies victims of domestic violence who are at risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners i.e. such as current or former spouses, dating partners, or people with children in common, and immediately connects them to the domestic violence service provider in their area.
The goal of the LAP is to prevent domestic violence homicides, serious injury, and re-assault by encouraging more victims to use the shelter, counseling, advocacy, and support services of domestic violence programs. It is the only program of its kind in the nation that makes use of a screening tool and an accompanying response and referral protocol. It also improves collaboration and services provided by first responders, domestic violence programs, and other professionals. The LAP enables high risk victims to receive critical safety planning help.
If you or someone you know is in a high-risk relationship and you would like more information or would like to take advantage of this program, please call the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092.
For Immediate Release
June 2, 2011
Contact: James Collins, Public Information Officer
301-725-5300, ext. 2244
E-Mail: [email protected]