Law enforcement agencies across the country came together Wednesday to try to tackle an issue they see everywhere.
The Shelby County sheriff’s office and others took part in the nationwide operation.
The Shelby County Sheriffs Office does general crime operations about once a month.
They’re usually looking for anyone with warrants out for them, but Wednesday’s had a very specific focus: domestic violence.
“It’s very important that we work with all law enforcement agencies to combat all the crime that’s out there,” said Earle Farrell, spokesperson for the SCSO.
SCSO teamed up with Memphis police, the US Marshals, the DeSoto County Sheriffs Office and Millington police, taking part in a national effort to find fugitives wanted for domestic violence.
“A lot of people think we don’t pay close attention to domestic violence, it’s a big problem in this country, and yes, we are paying attention,” said Farrell.
They were able to charge three people with domestic violence because of their efforts Wednesday.
Although it might appear to be a small number, SCSO says it was worth the manpower.
“If you were the person that they had committed violence against, would you think that was well worth the time spent?” said Farrell.
They want to encourage victims to know they take the crime seriously.
“I always want victims to know they’re not alone and it’s not their fault because this is so common, it’s one in four women and one in seven men in our community,” said Jordan Howard with the Family Safety Center.
Along with the arrests, law enforcement found seven firearms, marijuana and prescription medications they were able to add to the charges.
“That was just a little bonus,” said Farrell.