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Schimel dedicated to keeping elderly safe
[Madison, WI] — Attorney General Brad Schimel is standing up for Wisconsin’s senior citizens. Yesterday, Schimel announced a program in the Fox Valley that aims to help Wisconsinites stop abuse of their elderly loved ones.
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Safe Seniors program uses DOJ cameras to catch elder abuse
Shelby Le Duc
Green Bay Press Gazette
February 6, 2018
A new program in northeastern Wisconsin is using cameras in hopes of keeping senior citizens safe.
The Safe Seniors Camera Program is a pilot project aiming to help loved ones stop suspected abuse of elderly and disabled people at the hands of in-home caregivers.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the launch of the program Tuesday at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office where he was accompanied by Brown County Sheriff John Gossage, Fond du Lac police chief William Lamb and other officials.
The Safe Seniors program is the newest addition to the Schimel administration’s Task Force on Elder Abuse established last year.
“One in nine seniors have reported being abused, neglected or exploited in the last 12 months, but we also know that elder abuse is drastically unreported,” Schimel said. “These cameras will either give peace of mind to a patient’s family or provide needed evidence to allow law enforcement and public health to immediately intervene and protect the abuse patient.”
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