DECATUR, GA ––DeKalb County Sheriff Melody M. Maddox announced today May 20) that 35 warrants were cleared during this week’s Project Safe Home targeting those wanted on misdemeanor domestic violence offenses. The operation is among the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement, as the process involves locating individuals and taking them into custody for such offenses as Battery, Assault, Stalking, Criminal Trespass, Family Violence Battery, and Cruelty to Children. Those arrested this week, Maddox said, were all taken into custody without incident.
DeKalb’s Project Safe Home was initiated last May as a two-day operation when there were noticeable increases in reports of domestic violence incidents as families, spouses, and domestic partners sheltered-in-place for months during the pandemic. The Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 people during that first phase, Maddox said.
This week, 15 DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies and Criminal Process investigators were involved in the operation, clearing 35 warrants after 78 endeavors.
Since its inception, Project Safe Home has made 92 arrests, which account for many more actual incidents because some suspects were wanted on multiple warrants.
“Domestic violence offenses are intolerable,” Sheriff Maddox said. “They are generally very personal. They affect relationships between men and women. They affect innocent children who are caught up in adult situations. They can result in families being torn apart – sometimes permanently.
“The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is committed to making a positive impact on these domestic issues by bringing offenders to justice.”