Efforts to create opportunities for graduate students to study law enforcement policies in South Korea evolved into a partnership that has helped agencies there improve how they handle domestic violence calls.
Eric Dietz, director of Purdue Homeland Security Institute and professor of computer and information technology, was working to provide new opportunities for graduate students when he hosted Hyun Gun Song, the superintendent of South Korean police, in Greater Lafayette. Song visited to ride along with officers and deputies and see firsthand how law enforcement agencies here respond to domestic violence and other calls.
Song also worked in Dietz’s lab to review statistics and data related to domestic violence calls and responses in the Tippecanoe County area. The time he spent here led to a new law that will go into effect soon in South Korea requiring police officers to separate the parties involved in a domestic violence call and require follow-up actions to ensure continued safety.
“This partnership shows the power of higher education to create a system for stronger public safety here at home and across the globe,” Dietz said.
Police partnership on domestic violence leads to new law, award (Purdue Research Foundation)