Elder Justice Resources
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recognizes the need for additional resources to identify and combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial fraud and scams that target our nation’s older adults. As the baby boomers age, there become an even greater need for federal, state, and local law enforcement officers to be prepared for their critical role in our response to the crime of elder abuse and financial exploitation.
The DOJ’s Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) has developed an unprecedented amount of tools, training, and resources to assist law enforcement. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is making its resources as well as EJI’s available below. Please scroll down to see and use the interactive investigative tools, officer checklists, sample protocols, state statutes, webinars, podcasts, resource maps, and training videos to be available at your fingertips.
These resources are constantly being updated and added to so please check back often.
In-Person Training and Online Training Resources
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Law Enforcement Should Know
A 15-minute video describing what law enforcement needs to know about elder abuse
A series of six roll call videos created by IACP, designed for patrol officers to quickly recognize and respond to various types of elder abuse
EJI Law Enforcement Webinars
EAGLE has a series of webinars specifically for law enforcement officers working with elder abuse crimes.
NW3C Financial Crimes Against Seniors Seminars (request training)
EJI has funded the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to provide training on financial crimes against seniors in your community.
The Community Policing Dispatch is the award-winning e-newsletter of the COPS Office
Podcasts – The Beat
Collecting Evidence in Elder Abuse Cases
The Role of Law Enforcement in Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse
Financial Exploitation & Scams Are a Crime: Correcting Misperceptions and Collecting Evidence
ELDER ABUSE GUIDE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (EAGLE)
EAGLE is a web module for law enforcement with a host of resources like a First Responder checklist; information on how to recognize an abuser; evidence collection tips; and a checklist to help law enforcement better respond to elder abuse cases, quickly locate resources in their area, and engage in training activities. (University of Southern California funded by EJI)
SENIOR ABUSE FINANCIAL TRACKING AND ACCOUNTING TOOL (SAFTA)
SAFTA is an easy-to-use tool that provides a simplified method for identifying suspicious financial patterns to facilitate the prosecution of financial exploitation of older adults, even including a subpoena template.
WEBSITES AND RESOURCES
EJI Law Enforcement Webpage
Designed for law enforcement, this web page provides information and training to more effectively respond to crimes against older adults.
Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Resource Guide
This guide presents resources for professionals, including law enforcement, as well as resources for community outreach. (Funded by EJI)
Elder Abuse Case Studies
The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) compiled a list of elder abuse stories that demonstrate how various forms of elder abuse can manifest.
Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement
A comprehensive guide for law enforcement responding to elder abuse, including a list of alternative charges and explanations for aspects of elder abuse such as powers of attorney and other legal terms law enforcement needs to know. (Funded by EJI)