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Amherst police assign sexual assault and domestic violence investigator

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A sexual assault and domestic violence investigator has been assigned to the Amherst Police Department.

Police Chief Scott Livingstone announced Thursday the reassignment of Detective Janet Lopez as the Amherst Police Department's Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Investigator.

Lopez is a 14-year veteran of the department. She most recently held the position of court liaison officer.

Lopez will now be responsible for the criminal investigations of crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, harassment and stalking. She will also work closely with law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups and community organizations to "identify best practices to ensure the safety of victims of these crimes and hold offenders accountable."

A two-year grant awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women is making this new position possible.

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