Elder Abuse

Our Elder Abuse Unit (EAU) continued to take a proactive lead in building a robust and responsive service for Ottawa’s aging population.  In 2017, they developed a new easy-to-understand pamphlet to assist those who have fallen victim to fraud or other types of abuse. This pamphlet was initially created in both official languages (English and French). In 2017 it was further translated into Mandarin, Arabic and Punjabi.  In 2018, members of the team helped to expand the scope of this information tool by having it translated into Italian, Vietnamese and Polish.

Additionally, members of the EAU created specialized training for our Police Reporting Unit to assist them in better-serving this demographic. Often times it will require a specialized approach, used to elicit responses and help investigators.

Externally, the EAU met with community associations and provided information sessions to seniors in order to educate them on what the OPS could provide in terms of enhancing their safety. EAU also helped to develop a presentation that was provided to OPS Community Officers so that they could assist with the many requests for seniors’ education sessions we get each year.  The team also met with geriatric psychologists at the Civic Hospital to better understand the complexity of the files they pursued, and returned the favour by providing several presentations to area EMS staff.

Collaboration is key to any type of police work, and our EAU were engaged in monthly meetings with Champlain Health’s Elder Abuse Consultation Team as well as participating in Law Enforcement Agencies Protecting Seniors meetings.

Additionally, the EAU is active in providing wellness checks for seniors and working with volunteers from Busy Fingers, who donate hand-knit blankets to those in need in retirement homes.

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