WOODS CROSS — A Woods Cross police officer has been named Outstanding Officer of the Year for his efforts to prevent domestic violence across northern Utah.
Lt. Adam Osoro earned the Utah Chiefs of Police Association award thanks in part to his work teaching other Top of Utah law enforcement agencies domestic violence protocol, Woods Cross Police Chief Greg Butler said.
Since 2013, Osoro has worked with the Utah Domestic Violence Council to spread the Lethality Assessment Protocol to law enforcement agencies across the state. The protocol requires officers who respond to domestic violence reports to ask 11 questions that help determine victims’ risk levels.
Instead of leaving pamphlets or business cards with victims, officers can instead determine if they need additional services and encourage them to take advantage of those services.
During a February 2015 press conference meant to spread awareness of domestic violence, Osoro stressed the program’s success.
“We have seen dramatic results even in our small community,” Osoro said. “If we implemented this program statewide, we will save 15-20 lives a year. That’s a big deal.”
The protocol is now used in 27 police departments, including Layton, North Salt Lake, Kaysville and Bountiful, Butler said.
Osoro won the award for the association’s small police agency category, which is the most competitive one, Butler said.
At the February 2015 press conference, Osoro shared a story that shows the protocol can save lives.
Shortly after implementing the Lethality Assessment Protocol, Osoro said Woods Cross police identified a woman who was in danger and relocated her.
Osoro said that later, the perpetrator went looking for the family and didn’t find them. Butler, who also recounted the event, said the man then engaged in a standoff with police and ultimately killed himself.
The woman believes that if she’d been home, she and her child would have been killed, Butler said.
The award will be presented to Osoro on Tuesday, March 22, at the association’s conference banquet at St. George Conference Center in St. George.