Protecting our vulnerable elders

March 1, 2014

If you’ve been following my blog, you know how much value I place on community partnerships.  Law enforcement, working alone, simply can not be the sole solution to the problems facing our community.  One of the major issues facing our community, and frankly one that does not get much attention, is the issue of elder abuse.

What is elder abuse?  Quite simply its the physical or financial abuse of a vulnerable elderly person.  It is a crime that is often hidden, unreported, and often not given the full attention it deserves by law enforcement.

We are lucky in Clark County that we have progressive community leaders who have recognized elder abuse as a problem that needs to be addressed.  Our elected Prosecuting Attorney, Tony Golik, recognized this issue and made it a priority to establish the Elder Justice Center, a multi-agency task force that investigates and prosecutes cases of elder abuse.  The EJC is staffed by investigators, social service workers, and prosecutors.  The center has the ability to invest the time and resources our elders deserve to assure that they live the life of dignity and worth that they so richly deserve.

The Elder Justice Center deserves our full support and as your next Sheriff, I pledge to support their work wherever possible.  I encourage all of my supporters to visit the Friends of the Elder Justice Center Facebook page and hit the “Like” button.  Let’s show our support by subscribing to their page.  It’s the least we can do.

Friends of the Elder Justice Center (facebook)

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