Abuse of the Elderly Law Enforcement Perspective

Abuse of the Elderly Law Enforcement Perspective

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04-24-18 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-North Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan: jswan@icc.edu
Heather Grove: hgrove@icc.edu

Abuse of the Elderly Law Enforcement Perspective

Instructor: Gail Sullivan, MA

April 24, 2018
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: April 17, 2018
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

Purpose of Course

This full day program has been designed with the purpose of addressing the issue of abuse towards an elderly victim. The demographics of America are such that by the year 2030 almost 20% of the population will be over 65 years of age. Approximately 2 million American seniors are abused, neglected, or exploited each year. Research tells us that for every report of abuse, five go unreported. This will increase the number of this category of crime to an overwhelming level. Elder abused is a crime that is fundamentally different from classic domestic violence. Law enforcement officers will handle these types of crimes more frequently as the population of senior citizens increase in the near future.  This course will assist the officer in being able to understand this crime in a comprehensive manner.

Course Content

The goal of this course is to increase awareness of elder abuse and the laws that will assist the law enforcement professional.  In order to achieve this goal, focus will be specifically placed upon:

  • Overview of scope of elder abuse
  • Elder-Abuse Offenders: A Typology
  • First responders role in elder abuse
  • Police interactions with citizens
  • Physical, sexual, financial, neglect, emotional elder abuse
  • Offender justifications and cognitive distortions
  • Myths and Facts regarding aging and elder capability
  • Differences between classic domestic violence and elder abuse
  • Cultural diversity awareness when working with elder abuse
  • Sociological factors that influence elder citizen abuse
  • Rationales for under reporting crimes against the elderly
  • Synopsis of Illinois laws to protect the elderly person
  • Categories of motives for abusing the elderly person
  • Officer self-care when interacting with those who abuse the elderly
Course Description

Elder abuse is a crime whose numbers are increasing as America ages. This course will provide the officer with the knowledge to better understand this form of abuse and to be able to better utilize police discretion when the situation calls for it. The training will review the current laws that effect elder abuse.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following:Cultural Competency, Lead Homicide Investigator, Procedural Justice, Human Rights, and Law Update