Invitation to Participate: National Family Violence Apprehension Detail

11th Annual • Fall 2013

Agencies: Want to join the 2013 SWEEP?

E-mail National SWEEP Coordinator Carrie Jo Paine at to get more information -- including the SWEEP date, registration information and a complete information packet. 

An Invitation to Participate

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Clackamas County DVERT team, would like to invite your agency to participate in the 11th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. It's set for a specific date in Fall 2013.

What is the Family Violence Warrant SWEEP?

The SWEEP is a day-long event, in which your agency — along with agencies across the United States — attempts to serve outstanding family-violence warrants. Last year, over 170 law-enforcement agencies from 22 different states participated along with probation departments, District Attorney's offices, shelter organizations, and community members.

2012 SWEEP Success

The 2012 SWEEP was, again, a big success:

  • Over 3,500 Nationwide Attempts to Serve Arrest Warrants
  • Over 750 Nationwide Arrest Warrants Served
  • Over 900 Law Enforcement Members Participated
  • Over 200 Agencies from 22 States Participated

With the speedy-trial issues that law-enforcement agencies are now facing, arrest attempts have become just as important as arrests. Additionally, the SWEEP sends the message to offenders that no matter where they flee, we will work together to hold them accountable for their crimes.

What types of warrants are served?

Generally, warrants are served for all types of family crimes, including:

  • Domestic Violence Crimes (e.g., Harassment, Assault, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Mistreatment, Cruelty to Animals, etc.)
  • Interfering with Making 911 Calls, Obstruction of Telephone Service, or Crimes Relating to a Victim Calling 911
  • Restraining Order Violations
  • Stalking Order Violations
  • Domestic Violence Release Agreement Violations or Bail Bond Violations
  • Non-Payment of Child Support
  • Child Abuse Crimes
  • Elder Abuse Crimes (e.g., Theft, Fraud, Neglect, Abuse, etc.)
  • Any Other Family Violence or Child Abuse Crimes Specific to Your Jurisdiction

How can my agency participate?  

Any law-enforcement agency, small or large, can sign up to participate! All you need to do is decide to serve outstanding family-violence warrants on a specific date in Fall 2013 along with hundreds of other agencies across the United States.

It doesn't matter if you have five or 100 officers available to serve warrants -- you choose the level of participation, based upon your own department's resources. We strongly urge you to consider participating in this exciting national effort! E-mail the National SWEEP Coordinator for date, participation information, forms, and resources.

How to perform a successful family violence warrant detail: 

  1. Sign Up: Registration can be completed online — or a copy of the completed registration form can be mailed or faxed to the National Coordinator. Again, e-mail the SWEEP Coordinator for a link to the registration page.
  2. Start Planning Now: Although the event may be weeks away, a successful SWEEP requires early organization.
  3. Contact Local Agencies: If your agency is collaborating with local law-enforcement municipalities, Probation Departments, District Attorney’s Offices, Social Service agencies, and/or local Shelter services, contact them early.

SWEEP Coordinator contact information

Carrie Jo Paine, National Coordinator
National Family Violence Apprehension Detail
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team
2223 Kaen Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Fax: 503-785-5147

A Message from Sheriff Craig Roberts

Dear Law Enforcement Department Head:

We would like to invite you and your agency to join the 11th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail scheduled for this fall, coordinated by the Clackamas County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT).  Our goal is to join together law enforcement agencies nationwide to serve arrest warrants and make probable-cause arrests for crimes such as assault, violation of restraining orders, no contact order violations and any other family violence related crimes.  It is our hope that together we can send a message to offenders throughout the U.S. that no matter where they flee, we will work together to find them and hold them accountable.

Last year, during Domestic Violence Awareness month, the 10th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail was extremely successful.  Thanks to the commitment of 201 agencies -- including Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments as well as Probation Departments, U.S. Marshals’ Offices, District Attorney’s Offices, and Shelter organizations -- the results of the National Warrant SWEEP were impressive:

  • More than 900 law enforcement members participated
  • Over 3,500 attempts were made to serve warrants
  • Over 750 arrest warrants were served

Although last year’s response was commendable, we can continue to increase our efforts.  To assist agencies in planning their staffing and budget needs for this year’s event, we are announcing the date now.  Please plan to join us this fall for the 11th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail and make this event extremely successful. 

If your agency is interested in participating in 2013, please e-mail the National Coordinator, Carrie Jo Paine, for a link to the online registration form.  The Sweep Assistant will follow-up with your agency and provide additional information regarding this detail.  If you have any further questions you may call Carrie Jo Paine at 503-785-5149 or e-mail  Clackamas County DVERT looks forward to your assistance in making the statement that family violence is not acceptable.  Thank you for your support of this important mission.


Craig Roberts, Sheriff
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

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