Sedgwick County lags in serving protection orders

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County officials say deputies have served just more than half of the orders for protection from abuse and stalking that have been generated so far this year.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/14qNzzL ) that through April, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office had a 54 percent success rate serving papers for protection from abuse orders. The success rate for protection from stalking orders was 56 percent.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Sedgwick County has the highest rate of applications for protection orders in Kansas.

Sheriff’s Capt. Brenda Dietzman says a committee is working to improve the numbers.

The top two reasons papers don’t get served are that defendants don’t answer the door, or the plaintiffs aren’t able to supply accurate addresses. The orders have to be served in person.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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