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Local Police Getting Help Fighting Domestic Violence

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - More than thirty people have been killed in our area since 1998 because of domestic violence crimes. 

State Attorney General Rob McKenna said prosecuting these crimes in every county of the state is top priority.

A new role is created for Larry Mcnight who will investigate domestic crimes statewide and locally.  The position is also meant to help keep better records of the violence.  Kennewick Police sSgt. Brian Swartswalter said that's key because of the way the violence also affects children in the home.  He said his department sees children repeating the crimes they're partents may have committed.  

The attorney general said he wants local police to put fights inside of homes at the top of their lists. 

Domestic violence advocates said this position is a step in the right direction to make sure those responsible for the violence are locked up before it's too late.