A Comprehensive Investigative Protocol for Police Investigators When an Elder Abuse Victim with Dementia is Financially Exploited Detective Matt Smith Forest Grove Police Department Background of Project Karly Sheehan. Her Murder in 2005 led to the passage of Karly’s Law in Oregon Background of Project Mr. Gary Murray, an Eder Abuse victim in one of my Investigations. Significance of the Project This Projected developed a comprehensive investigative protocol This protocol addresses the investigative hurdles identified in the research Has been successfully tested in the criminal justice system This project provides a framework for Elder Abuse investigations Background of Project Child Abuse Investigations in Oregon are governed by the following state laws: Karly’s Law Jessica’s Law Elder Abuse Investigations are governed by the following state laws: None Literature Review Officer Dan Nagle’s Neighborhood Improvement Project Physicians, Dr. Jeffrey Levine (Cabrini Hospital, New York) Dementia is a risk factor for Elder Abuse Dr. Richard Kennedy (Mount Carmel Family Practice) predicted an increase in Elder Abuse related investigations Literature Review Literature focused on mandatory reporting laws Dementia was not even mentioned in medical literature that discussed cognitive impairments and mental illness There was not a single piece of research located discussing investigative techniques on Elder Abuse cases Description of the Project Process The research consisted of data gathered from the following professionals: Adult Protection Service Investigators Police Officers Deputy District Attorneys Research Methods Data Set Data was collected in a Suburban County in Oregon Surveys were sent to individuals with expertise in Elder Abuse Investigations Research Findings 9 8 7 6 Dementia Evidence POA Laws 5 4 3 2 1 0 APS Police DA's Office Research Findings: Investigative Protocol Step I-Collaboration Research Findings: Investigative Protocol Step II-Medical Records Research Findings: Investigative Protocol Step III-Financial Records Research Findings: Investigative Protocol Step IV-Methodology of Investigation Evidence of Lack of Capacity Suspect’s Actions Where is the Money? Protocol in Action Investigative Protocol has been used in the Criminal Justice System Investigated by the “Green Valley” Police Department Victim suffered from dementia Suspect, “Mr. Robert Davis,” was Power of Attorney over the victim, was her Son-InLaw, and was also a well respected attorney Protocol in Action Suspect also served as a Municipal Court Judge in two different municipalities Mr. Davis, over the course of three years, transferred over $20,000 from Betty Sullivan’s account to either Davis’ personal account, or his law firm’s account Protocol in Action This Protocol was used during the investigation and Mr. Davis was indicted in September of 2011 on fourteen counts of Criminal Mistreatment I Mr. Davis was sentenced to 40 months in prison on June 3RD, 2013 Implications of the Project The EMPA program has solidified my commitment to advocacy work for senior citizens and citizens with disabilities I had developed an interest in public policy development during the EMPA program I have infused this interest into my service on Governor Kitzhaber’s Elder Abuse Work Group A Crime Victim With Dementia Often Suffers In Silence “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Acknowledgments With much love to my two families Acknowledgments Fred and Christine Smith Irene Gabel Chief Janie Schutz Captain Mike Herb Captain Kevin Ellingsburg Sergeant Michael Hall Dr. Matt Jones Questions?