West Jordan police officer arrested for domestic violence

James Michael Harvie

(KUTV) West Jordan, Utah police officer James Michael Harvie was arrested on Friday March 10, after Saratoga Springs police investigated allegations of domestic violence.

Harvie was taken into custody soon after he showed up for work.

“I’m disappointed,” said West Jordan Police Chief Douglas Diamond.

Diamond, who has been an outspoken advocate for victims of domestic violence, said his department cooperated in the arrest of Harvie who surrendered his badge, police ID and weapon before he was taken to the Utah County Jail.

He said the arrest is concerning given that his officers go on so many domestic violence calls and that they are offered peer support for their personal troubled relationships so they don’t resort to violence.

“We need to be a model of good citizenship to keep that public trust. That includes in our private lives and public lives,” Diamon said.

Harvie is charged with aggravated kidnapping (domestic violence), domestic violence in the presence of a child and assault.

According to court documents, on Aug. 22, 2016, Harvie and the victim argued. At some point the produced a gun and an AR-15 rifle and pointed it at the victim and demanded she go with him in his car to confront another person at a different location.

The victim refused but she was worried for a young child who was in the house.

The next day, court papers say Harvie shoved the victim and elbowed her in the chest.

Saratoga Springs Detective Zach Beglarian, who investigated, said the victim waited over five months to report the alleged incidents to police but that’s not unusual. Many victims he said, wait months before reporting.

“Soemtimes they are scared to come forward,” he said.

Diamond said while the criminal case plays out, his department will conduct an internal affairs investigation.

He said his officer will get no special treatment.

He is as concerned for the victims in this case, as he is for his officer.

“Domestic violence is an epidemic in our country not just in West Jordan. We need to stop it,” he said.

The Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement asking the public to reserve judgement about Harvie. It read in part:

Given his long service to his country as both a combat veteran and a police officer, we ask the public to remain patient and reserve judgement until Officer Harvie has the opportunity to address the allegations in the appropriate venue.

The Utah Coalition Against Domestic Violence said anyone who is involved in a violent relationship can get free, confidential help 24/7 by calling 1-800-897-LINK.

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