Five agencies executed arrest warrants Wednesday in east-metro family violence cases, bringing attention to issues such as domestic assault and child abuse.
Eighteen officers and deputies made 60 attempts to apprehend offenders with active warrants and made 12 arrests, according to St. Paul police and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.
Those agencies and others were participating in the 10th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. Other agencies involved were Roseville police, Ramsey County Probation and Community Corrections, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
"This isn't really a big departure from what we're doing on a day-to-day basis," said St. Paul police Cmdr. Axel Henry, head of the family and sexual violence unit. "This is a collective way to create an event to get behind and send a clear message. It really has to do with protecting our victims."
The national effort takes aim at family violence crimes that include domestic assault, interference with 911 calls, violating restraining orders, child abuse, elder abuse, animal cruelty and other crimes.
More than 170 law enforcement agencies from 22 states participated in the event last year, making more than 800 arrests. Authorities will follow up on the arrest warrants, sheriff's spokesman Randy Gustafson said.