The Saint Paul Police Department's Family and Sexual Violence Unit (FSVU) investigates sexual assaults and domestic related crimes as well as monitors predatory offenders.
The Department's philosophy is that every victim is worth fighting for and every abuser should be held accountable. The SPPD is committed to agressive enforcement, follow-up investigations and access to intervention services for victims and their families. In 2010, the Department assigned an investigator full-time to work on cases involving elder abuse as those particular crimes have increased in recent years.
The Department works to reduce domestic violence through several comprehensive prevention and intervention efforts, such as The Blueprint for Safety and FLARE (First Light, Accountability, Response and Enforcement). The SPPD also partners with Bridges to Safety, a domestic violence service center that houses a variety of agencies under one roof, including advocacy programs, community organizations and government agencies.
FSVU is under the command of Commander Axel Henry.