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AG Derek Schmidt: Collaboration with KLETC will help train law enforcement on investigating elder abuse

Release Date: Jul 08, 2020

TOPEKA – (July 8, 2020) – The University of Kansas’ Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) and the attorney general’s Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division are collaborating to offer live, online trainings for law enforcement on investigating elder abuse, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

“Elder abuse remains a growing problem and stopping it is a focus for our office,” Schmidt said. “These trainings will help educate local law enforcement on the prevalence of elder abuse in their communities and provide important techniques and best practices on how to better investigate these often difficult cases. We are especially excited to offer them online this year and are hopeful that venue provides greater access for law enforcement – particularly in smaller, rural communities – who may not have the resources or the time to travel to in-person sessions. Of course, this online training also is beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Schmidt has prioritized combating elder abuse during his tenure as attorney general, in particular during his term as 2017-2018 president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Schmidt’s presidential initiative, titled “Protecting America’s Seniors: Attorneys General United Against Elder Abuse,” resulted in numerous conversations and trainings about how to build capacity to fight elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, including his office’s 2018 collaboration with KLETC for in-person trainings in Wichita, Topeka and Johnson County.

The upcoming trainings are a continuation of that series and will now be offered live via electronic group meeting software hosted by KLETC.

“First responders play a key role in investigating and preventing crimes against older citizens and dependent adults,” KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck said. “We are pleased to partner with the attorney general to add these classes to KLETC's online professional development course offerings so that Kansas law enforcement will be better equipped to recognize and handle situations such as elder abuse.”

The trainings will be available to law enforcement statewide, and will be eligible for fulfilling continuing education requirements imposed by the state.

The programs will be offered on four dates, as follows:

  • Investigating Financial Abuse of Elder and Dependent Adults; August 20 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Register online at https://bit.ly/2Z9iOCN.
  • Investigating Physical and Sexual Abuse of Elder and Dependent Adults; September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and November 12 from 9 a.m. to Noon
    Register online at https://bit.ly/3e4HZe5.      

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