A $925,000 grant from the US Justice Department was received by the Nevada Attorney General’s office to be used for a state-wide training program that will focus on improving how all levels of law enforcement and victim service providers protect the elderly against financial and physical abuse.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal detailed the award in its article, “Nevada attorney general’s office receives grant to prevent elder abuse.”
The plan is for three teams of trainers to be formed to serve Clark County, Washoe County and rural Nevada communities. A fourth team is also planned to serve the entire state. The team will consist of members from the Nevada Aging and Disability Service Division, the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, prosecutors, and members of law enforcement.
The teams will train law enforcement officers across the state, as well as judges, prosecutors, and victim service providers. The teams also will coordinate with the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence.
The grant will be used to increase awareness about and improve the law enforcement response to abuse and exploitation of seniors throughout the state. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt commented that his office will work closely with grant partners to help local jurisdictions address both victim safety and perpetrator accountability.
The competitive grant was awarded by the Justice Department’s office on violence against women.
Reference: Las Vegas Review-Journal (October 6, 2016) “Nevada attorney general’s office receives grant to prevent elder abuse”