Delays limit enforcing of protective order
For two consecutive days in May, Peabody police investigated a possible violation of a protection-from-abuse order and a protection-from-harassment order at the same address.
In neither case had the protection order been served by law enforcement.
On May 27, police responded for the first time to a possible violation of a protection-from-abuse order that had not yet been served in the 100 block of W. 6th St.
On May 28, officers returned to the address on a report of harassment and found the order had still not been served.
Peabody police chief Bruce Burke said the problem with getting the order served in a prompt manner is that the order was obtained in Harvey County District Court. The petitioner granted the order lives in Marion County, and the person the order was written against lives in Sedgwick County.
“We’re waiting for three counties to get their things done,” Burke said.
Undersheriff David Huntley said a protection-from-abuse order is valid as soon as it is signed by a judge. If the order has not been served, that can cause problems enforcing it, Huntley said.
“It would typically be a deputy in the county where the person resides who serves it,” Huntley said.
Last modified June 19, 2019