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Officials to receive child abuse investigation training

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BENTON -- Money collected from offenders by the court will be used to train some Scott County officials in the latest child abuse investigation techniques.

The Board of Trustees for the Scott County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund approved a total of $6,600 in expenditures for the sheriff and prosecutor's offices Monday, according to Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn.

Ziegenhorn said during Tuesday's County Commission meeting the Restitution Fund provides money for unbudgeted purchases.

"Child sexual assault is a big problem anywhere," said Paul Boyd, county prosecutor. "We're doing what we can to stay on the forefront to address it in Scott County."

Boyd said he originally requested $3,600 from the Restitution Fund's board based on a cost of $595 per person to send six Scott County deputies from the Sheriff's Department to Child Abuse Investigations Training Oct. 11-13 followed by the Physical and Neglect: Child Abuse Injury Reconstruction Techniques course on Oct. 14. Both seminars were offered by John E. Reid and Associates at the Public Safety Building in Park Hills.

"John E. Reid is a very respected trainer of interrogation and law enforcement investigation techniques," he said.

Reid and Associates ended up providing the county with one additional training slot free of charge since the county paid for six, Boyd said.

As not enough people registered for the Physical and Neglect seminar, that class was cancelled, dropping the price to $425 per person which left enough approved funding to bring an eighth person for training, Boyd said.

"So we're going to be sending 7-8 people to the training based on the availability of the officers," he said. "One of those will be Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Oesch."

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