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NCJ Number: 134408 Find in a Library
Title: Police Handling of Child Abuse Cases: Policies, Procedures, and Issues
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:(1990)  Pages:1-24
Author(s): S E Martin; E E Hamilton
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 24
Grant Number: OJP-86-C-02
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data collected for 122 telephone interviews of county and municipal police departments and a review of statistical data and policies of about 60 departments were used by the Police Foundation and American Enterprise Institute to determine how the police have responded to their expanded responsibilities for investigating child abuse cases.
Abstract: The survey showed that law enforcement agencies have responded in a number of positive ways to the challenges of these added responsibilities. About two-thirds of the department surveyed have updated child abuse policies. Most departments offer training to new recruits as well as in-service training programs to experienced officers on identifying and investigating child abuse. Larger departments often have a specialized unit dedicated to investigating child abuse cases, and many agencies provide crime prevention programs to local schools, use anatomically correct dolls, and have interagency agreements regarding notification and investigation procedures. Most respondents identified their most pressing need as being for more investigative personnel; other needs included more training and technology. 5 notes, 6 tables, and 17 references
Main Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Police child abuse training
Index Term(s): Police policies and procedures
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