What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence with Sgt. James Tobin


My guest today could write a book on domestic violence. He’s a police sergeant who can answer many questions, like: How has policing changed on answering domestic violence calls from 20 years ago compared to today? My hint is there’s a lot of hope to be had.

Sergeant James Tobin talks about what happens to kids of that kind of violence, and how communities have many resources to help, and he offers great insights to the reasons women stay with an abusive husband and how we can change that unfortunate response to one of decidedly optimism!

James Tobin began his law enforcement career in 1996 with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. In 2006 Tobin joined the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Tobin has been named as his agency’s “Deputy/Officer of the Year” three times (2004, 2008 and 2010) and has been named a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Yavapai County “DUI Officer of the Year” four times.

In 2012 Tobin received the “Mickey Sadoff – President’s Award” from the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) in Washington, D.C.  Tobin served as the Chairman of the MATFORCE Underage Drinking Task Force in Yavapai County from 2008 to 2013 and from 2016 to present.

In 2013 MATFORCE received the “National Coalition of the Year” award from CADCA from among 5000 substance abuse coalitions, with special recognition given for underage drinking enforcement and prevention efforts.

From 2012-2016 Tobin was assigned as a Detective with the Prescott Valley Police Department-Family Violence Unit.

From 2012 to 2016 Tobin served as the Chairman of the Yavapai County Coordinated Community Response Team/Domestic Violence Task Force, which received the 2015 Policeone.com/TASER “Community Leadership Award.”

In 2015 the PVPD Family Violence Unit received the Arizona Attorney General’s “Distinguished Service Award” for Service to Crime Victims, as well as the Prescott Valley Police Department “Unit of the Year” award.

In September 2016 Tobin was proud to become a “Roughrider” as a member of the Yavapai College Police Department, where he currently serves as Sergeant.

In April 2018 Tobin received the “Excellence in Prevention Award” from the Arizona Department of Liquor and Licensing.

In September 2018 Tobin received the Arizona B.P.O.E. Elks “Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena” Award from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.)

Tobin’s proudest accomplishment is being a husband to his darling wife Jacinda and a father to his wonderful children.

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