After a noted increase in cases involving seniors, an officer was assigned primarily to deal with seniors and address prevention issues.
Develop closer ties with this clientele (resource person); prevent various types of abuse.
Started in mid-2011.
Increase seniors’ safety.
Assignment of a new officer within the Service.
Pilot project (via assignment).
Our officer is now known to seniors. He is a resource person both for seniors and for the Service. Several disclosures of abuse have been made since he was assigned (17 cases).Ten cases were reported in the year preceding the start of the project.For 2010, there were 13 criminal cases involving local seniors brought before the courts, up 30% from 2009.
The assignment was a step taken by the City under its seniors-family policy.
In a forum, our seniors expressed their satisfaction. Case reporting statistics also show a need.