LOGAN, Utah — CAPSA has received a three-year grant for the Blueprint for Safety program, a highly collaborative project designed to assess and improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence. Agencies participating in the Blueprint program include the Cache County Attorney’s Office, the Logan City Police Department, the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Adult Parole & Probation, private sector probation, an administrator from the First District Court, and the director of dispatch.
“It’s an evaluation of the response to domestic violence, starting at the 911 call all the way up through probation and prosecution,” said Haylee Hunsaker, the Blueprint coordinator. “Really, we want to be working together for the benefit of the victim.”
“The end goal of the Blueprint, I think, would be to have better outcomes for the victim throughout the criminal justice system,” Hunsaker said. “That would be making sure her voice is heard right from the beginning. She’s the expert on her situation, she’s the expert on what she needs.” Hunsaker also believes that the Blueprint program will lead to a better sharing of information and more consistency throughout a victim’s journey with law enforcement.
According to Jill Anderson, the executive director for CAPSA, the Blueprint program isn’t just for communities whose law enforcement agencies don’t work well together, but rather for communities with agencies that are doing well and are still striving to do better. “One of the things that I love about the fact that the Cache Valley community is embarking on this project is that we were already doing a pretty good job…that we already had pretty good relationships,” Anderson said. “Each of the organizations that we’re partnered with were already interested in ‘What can we do better?’”