Richmond County (NY) District Attorney Selects G4S SafeZone to Warn Domestic Violence Victims and Track Persistent Abusers

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GPS technology from G4S Justice Services monitors the location of offender 24/7, alerting victims and police when offender is nearby

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The use of GPS for victim notification is one of the best methods of prevention and pre-warning of a potential danger to a victim. This early warning system is crucial to helping prevent repeat assaults on victims.

Richmond County (NY) District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. announced the new “Domestic Violence GPS Initiative” this week, and has selected the G4S SafeZone™ solution from G4S Justice Services to help protect victims of domestic violence in Staten Island from further assault.

The Domestic Violence GPS Initiative utilizes GPS technology to warn victims when a persistent abuser has broken a court order to stay away. The program will target offenders who continually violate Orders of Protection, which are issued by judges to keep a victim safe from an assailant. Nearly half of all domestic abusers are repeat offenders, and about 25 percent of all domestic violence cases in Staten Island include a charge for violating a court order of protection, according to statistics from the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.

D.A. Donovan stated, “To many domestic abusers, an Order of Protection is just a piece of paper. It does not deter these relentless scofflaws from constantly terrorizing and attacking their victims, and from sucking the life out of a public safety and legal system that is already low on resources. I refuse to stand by and continue to watch this happen time and again without trying to do something about it.”

Upon consent of a judge, an offender selected for the program will be required to wear a GPS tracking device for a certain period of time as a condition of a guilty plea to a domestic violence offense. The device will send a notice to the victim’s cell phone and to the GPS system administrator when an offender has entered a predetermined “exclusionary zone” –e.g., a 1,000-foot radius surrounding the victim’s home, work or school.

G4S uses electronic monitoring technology to monitor the location of victims and offenders. Through G4S SafeZone, the offender wears a court-ordered GPS device around the ankle. G4S monitors the device and creates an “Exclusion Zone” around the victim’s home, workplace and any other location that the offender must avoid. If the offender breaches the Exclusion Zone, there is a process to notify the victim and law enforcement, enabling a more timely reaction to a potential threat.

“The use of GPS for victim notification is one of the best methods of prevention and pre-warning of a potential danger to a victim,” said Darryl Martin, president of G4S Justice Services. “This early warning system is crucial to helping prevent repeat assaults on victims.”

About G4S Justice Services
G4S Justice Services LLC, part of G4S Care and Justice Services, is the premier provider of advanced monitoring services. By delivering world-class customer service, developing state-of-the-art technology and significantly enhancing public safety, G4S delivers proven value to its customers and their communities. With hundreds of customer deployments across the country and around the world and its comprehensive suite of electronic monitoring products and services, G4S is uniquely capable of meeting a customer’s local requirements while leveraging the industry’s only fully staffed, fully redundant monitoring centers.

For more information, visit http://www.g4s.com/justice.

About G4S plc
G4S is the world's leading security solutions group, which specializes in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat. G4S is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has an additional stock exchange listing in Copenhagen. G4S has operations in more than 120 countries and around 640,000 employees. For more information on G4S, visit http://www.g4s.com.

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(800) 589-6003, ext. 2516

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