PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - During the past two years, the Pima County Sheriff's Department has made domestic violence an absolute priority. That's because the crime knows no boundaries and happens virtually everywhere.
Even though most people do not want to talk about it - or in many cases, choose to ignore it - officials said there is a very good chance domestic violence affects somebody you know or care about in this community.
Tucson-area law enforcement receives at least 12,000 phone calls per year asking for help in domestic situations.
Experts said only about 10 percent of domestic violence cases are actually reported to authorities, which is why domestic violence sweeps like the one underway in Pima County are so critically important.
With more than 1,400 domestic violence arrests this year, PCSD wants domestic violence offenders to hear this message loud and clear.
"Once you're released, do not go back to the incident location. Do not have contact with the victim," said Det. Ryan Inglett, an investigator with the Domestic Violence Unit at PCSD.
Unfortunately, conditions of release are often ignored, Inglett said. Suspects also often flee before authorities arrive, making it hard for PCSD deputies to track them down.
"We talk to them. We try to keep things as cordial as possible and then we take them into custody," Inglett said on Tuesday, Oct. 13. "That's exactly what we're hoping to do this morning."
Early on Oct. 12, detectives were knocking on doors, interviewing neighbors and even calling suspect's employers.
"I was wondering if you could help me in finding a Robert (last name omitted) or letting me know if he works there?" Inglett said to one employer over the phone.
Over the past two days, the sweep has netted more than 20 arrests, thanks to a combined effort with the Pima County Attorney's office and Pima County Adult Probation.
Inglett said authorities are dedicating a lot of resources to the effort because they care.
"And we're not going to stop," he said.
Tucson News Now was there as Danniel Mondor was taken into custody for an alleged domestic violence offense dating back two years.
Authorities were there when Daniel Gastelum was found hiding inside a false wall, built into a house. He too was wanted for domestic violence, authorities said, as well as a felony warrant for burglary and armed robbery.
"Right now we're confirming the warrant to ensure that everything is valid," Inglett said.