WL police chief wins state award for helping domestic violence victims

Director of Greater Lafayette's YWCA Domestic Violence Program Jasmine Moisides, right, nominated and honored West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski, left, with this year's Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer award. (WLFI Photo)
Director of Greater Lafayette's YWCA Domestic Violence Program Jasmine Moisides, right, nominated and honored West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski, left, with this year's Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer award. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski is named the 2016 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Director of Greater Lafayette’s YWCA Domestic Violence Program Jasmine Moisides nominated Dombkowski for the award.

She said Dombkowski is always calling to let her know about potential grants and upcoming events. She said he’s very vocal about the cause but also walks the walk.

When Moisides took the director position, she said many community leaders called and offered help but it was Dombkowski who followed up with actions. She wishes this was a lifetime achievement award but says the 2016 recognition will have to do for now.

“Even though every single year he is one of our hugest allies, I really felt like it was important for people to know that and for him to be honored,” Moisides said.

Dombkowski said he’s humbled by the award.

“I just think that it’s important that if there’s something you are passionate about that you find a way to give back and affect change, and I hope I’ve done some measure of that,” Dombkowski said.

More than 500 people stay in Greater Lafayette’s YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter every year.

Dombkowski said he’s passionate about the program because he is originally from a town where domestic violence was a big problem. He said it just makes sense for a police department and a domestic violence resource center to work on these issues together.