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Police: Domestic disputes can be the most dangerous

By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Police Department responds to hundreds of domestic dispute calls a year, a situation that can be very dangerous for all involved, said Utica Police Sergeant Steve Hauck.

According to Sgt. Hauck, at a domestic dispute, emotions are running high and that is where things could get dangerous. When police show up, sometimes they can become a target as well, especially if the aggressor is not happy they are there, Hauck said.

Hauck says that domestic calls are dangerous because a police officer is often entering a situation blindly.

"Most of the time you are going to the person's residence, where it is, so to speak, their home turf," Sgt. Hauck said. "If they have weapons, whether legally or illegally, anything in the house that can be used against the police officers. You are at a real disadvantage."

Hauck says most calls to police come from a victim within the house of a domestic dispute. Most situations actually end peacefully, without an arrest, added Hauck.

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