Mike Helton

Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Mike Helton discusses his agency's agreements with area victim advocacy centers during a Jan. 22 City Council meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The Fort Oglethorpe Police Department recently did some paperwork housekeeping by renewing agreements regarding their collective efforts with local domestic abuse and sexual assault centers.

During successive City Council meetings on Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, Police Chief Mike Helton presented three different memorandums of understanding (MOU) to the board in order to secure the department's working relationships with the organizations that counsel and treat local victims.

The first agreement was signed between the FOPD and Four Points Inc, which has specialized in the prevention and intervention of domestic violence in Walker, Catoosa, Dade, and Chattooga counties since 1996.

"The MOU covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 1, 2018," Helton explained. "Four Points provides benefits to our agency and your citizens. The main ways are through fatality review teams, an elder abuse team, and a teen dating violence team."

Helton says the agreements are more or less formalizations that task the department with providing additional personnel resources to serve on the mentioned teams.

"We'll have input in reviewing each one of the cases in this city, and in the county around us where instances happen that are related to those types of things," Helton said.

The two other MOUs involve similar relationships with the Sexual Assault Victim's Advocacy Center, and the Family Crisis Center of Walker, Catoosa, Dade, and Chattooga Counties.

Helton says that neither of the agreements involve any cost on the part of the city.

"It formalizes operational procedures between agencies such as our own and what the center will do to serve victims who have this need," Helton said. "There are no specific costs to the city in this case, it just formalizes the agreement."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.