Location: Tulare County
Incident Date: 10/19/16
Incident Time: 0700-1300 hours
City: Tulare County
Posted by: Media Relations
Operation Purple Shield
Local law enforcement agencies joined forces Wednesday to serve arrest warrants for people wanted for domestic violence offenses. This was part of the 14th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail, Operation Purple Shield.
This operation happens annually during the month of October which has been designated as the Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Operation Purple Shield is about supporting the victims, said Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. At dawn, deputies and officers began knocking on doors throughout Tulare County to bring domestic violence offenders to justice.
“We’re speaking out for the victims who are too afraid to ask for help,” he said.
More than 60 deputies and officers divided into 4-person teams to attempt to serve 190 arrest warrants upon 163 suspects. Some suspects have multiple arrest warrants pending.
Before Operation Purple Shield began Wednesday, deputies had already served 12 arrest warrants in the 48 hours prior to the start of the multi-agency operation. All 12 arrested were men.
On Wednesday, 84 more arrest warrants were attempted, with 11 suspects in custody (10 men and one woman) for 14 arrest warrants served. The remaining outstanding domestic violence arrest warrants will be served by local law enforcement agencies as part of their ongoing efforts to locate and serve these offenders.
Total number arrested: 23 (22 men and one woman)
Total arrest warrants served: 26
Ten local law enforcement agencies participated including:
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
Visalia Police Department
Tulare Police Department
Farmersville Police Department
Exeter Police Department
Lindsay Police Department
Porterville Police Department
Woodlake Police Department
Dinuba Police Department
Tulare County Probation