Decatur police detective honored for helping families in crises

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A Decatur police officer who has investigated, assisted with or followed about on roughly 1,000 cases in his first year as a detective was honored Thursday as the department's Employee of the Month.

Detective Jarrod Birchfield joined the Criminal Investigation Division's Family Services Unit after six years as a patrol officer. Among their assignments, the unit investigates domestic violence cases and missing children cases.

"He's been a great investigator. He's spent the last year working in investigations, especially in the area of domestic violence an family crimes," said Chief Nate Allen.

Connie Kane is the supervisory case manager for Hope Place of Morgan County, which helps women who suffer abuse. She has worked with Birchfield when victims seek help.

"They are often be the first people that would get involved," said Kane.

"Often times, they feel like they're helpless and they've been traumatized. They're not thinking well. And police officers can step in and provide them with some resources. If she wants to reach out, she can reach out to us and we can provide help, " she said.

"The ultimate goal is just to get people out of dangerous situations, help the kids, and help the victims. That's what we do," Birchfield said.

Hope Place in part of Crisis Services on North Alabama. Anyone who is a victim of abuse or who knows someone who is can call their help line at (256) 716-1000 or go to www.csna.org or dial 211 for information and referral. The hotline is available 24 hours a day.

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