The Elder Abuse Unit consists of one Deputy Sheriff Detective assigned full-time to the investigation of crimes against elderly persons. The Deputy Sheriff Detective is also responsible for the training and education of local law enforcement and the community in Elder Abuse. The Elder Abuse Unit actively investigates crimes where elderly persons or dependent adults have suffered physical injury, emotional trauma, or financial abuse by a caretaker or other person knowing the victim is an elder. As defined by the Penal Code, elder abuse is an act occurring to someone of the age of 65 or older or who is a dependent adult. Criminal penalty enhancements can sometimes be brought against a perpetrator if the victim is older than the age of 70.
Sergeant Jeff Kertson