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Most Adult Protection Working Agreements Signed, But Have Had Limited Effectiveness, Report No. 04-73, October 2004
 
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  • The Adult Protective Services Program investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation and provides social services to protect vulnerable adults from harm.  The program also coordinates with local law enforcement to secure the safety of the victim and adult protective investigator and to investigate possible criminal activity.  To ensure proper cooperation and coordination, the Legislature required the program to establish working agreements with all jurisdictionally responsible county sheriff’s offices and local police departments.
  • The program has signed working agreements with 342 of 346 law enforcement agencies, but the agreements have had limited effectiveness.  Several problems relating to a lack of coordination between the program and local law enforcement continue to delay the provision of adult protective services and/or hinder criminal investigations.
  • To improve effectiveness, the program should work with local law enforcement to increase training at the local level, establish written local protocols, and conduct periodic meetings.  The program also should improve coordination by designating a contact person at each local law enforcement agency and adult protection unit, and conducting periodic meetings with the Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Police Chiefs Association.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Adult Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  •  Report No. 06-47 Progress Report: Adult Protective Services Takes Steps to Improve Coordination with Local Law Enforcement Agencies, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 03-08 Progress Report: Improvements Needed in the Department of Children and Families Adult Services Program, published in January 2003.

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