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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15, serves as a call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities to bring attention to the issue of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. WEAAD was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. At the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), we have been privileged to work with law enforcement departments throughout the nation. They have shared their efforts to protect and serve older adults to promote communities free from neglect and abuse. Here is an example.
In the words of Sergeant Bernadette Smith of the Douglas County (Nevada) Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), “Law enforcement is just not about kicking down doors and arresting criminals. It is also about protecting one of our most vulnerable populations. Seniors have greatly contributed to society, worked full careers, raised families, assisted with grandchildren, and helped their aging parents; they deserve our attention, respect and the protection of our law enforcement. Our population has a large retirement community, and I am grateful that my employer Sheriff Dan Coverley believes as I do—that protecting our older Americans is important—and has given me the ability to grow this program.”
Visit the COPS Office Grants web page to learn more about the Microgrants program along with other solicitations opening this spring. Go to the WEAAD web page to learn more about how you can get involved in WEAAD activities throughout the country.
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