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Austin police pilot project targets past offenders

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin police are focusing more on some past offenders in a pilot project that's aimed at ultimately preventing future domestic violence.

The Austin-American Statesman (http://bit.ly/1mOK0Nh ) reported Sunday that two officers are tasked with serving family violence warrants that would otherwise fall to patrol officers or another department.

The designated officers will coordinate with the family violence unit to respond to violations police normally wouldn't investigate, such as a person failing to charge an ankle monitor.

People under the project's scrutiny have been arrested on a family violence charge in the past two years. So far 20 people have been arrested. Officers have also responded to 18 suspected violations of court orders and 16 violations of bail conditions.

The pilot project will end in September.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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