May 01, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
The Montreal police force has created a new program to help combat elder abuse, and they’re offering it to other police services.
Police, along with researchers at the Universite de Sherbrooke, created the intervention model.
Under the new protocol, Montreal police officers will be required to pull aside seniors when they see signs of mistreatment, and gently question them about it. Even if nothing criminal has transpired, the officer will make a report of what was seen.
Community relations officers follow up with those reports, or the information is passed on to community or social services.
Beginning Tuesday, May 3rd, Montreal police officers will train to be able to spot signs that a senior is being mistreated. A pilot project was conducted at a few of the force’s stations last year, and it showed that reported cases of mistreatment increased.
A training manual is being written by Montreal police so that it can share its information with other force