Senior related crime rises

News Oct 22, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police will have to examine ways to deal with an

increase in crimes involving seniors as the population ages.

Among the trends already noticed by police is an increase in

inappropriate physical and sexual behaviour by residents, workers and visitors in

long term care homes. Financial abuse is the most common form of crime against

seniors and is expected to remain the main issue for police to deal with.

The six-year-old Crimes Against Seniors Unit investigated a

total of 754 cases in from 2004 to 2008. Each year’s total number of

investigations ranged from a high of 214 in 2006 to a low of 105 in 2007.

Based on that workload, and an anticipated increase in the

elderly population that could see seniors reach 41 per cent of Hamilton’s

population – an increase of about 20 per cent, Hamilton Police say they will be

examining ways to meet future demand.

A breakdown of the cases investigated last year shows 84 of

120 matters involved financial abuse and 20 cases of physical abuse.

The CASU was formed in March 2004 and consists of just two

detectives working in the Victims of Crime Branch. It is apparently the first

full-time investigative unit of its kind in Ontario.

Hamilton Police first recognized the specialized policing

necessary to support seniors with the formation of the Seniors Support Officer

in January 1998. Eleven year later, there is one Senior Support Officer in each

of the service’s three patrol divisions.

A year end report on the two seniors-focused policing

programs stated an example of a Senior Support Officer case is evicting Crack

users who move into the home of a helpless elderly person and turn their home

into a Crack house.

The support officers deliver presentations to community

groups and police officers about seniors’ issues, and investigate some cases of

abuse and neglect. They work with community groups on issues of senior’s safety

and security.

Senior related crime rises

News Oct 22, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police will have to examine ways to deal with an

increase in crimes involving seniors as the population ages.

Among the trends already noticed by police is an increase in

inappropriate physical and sexual behaviour by residents, workers and visitors in

long term care homes. Financial abuse is the most common form of crime against

seniors and is expected to remain the main issue for police to deal with.

The six-year-old Crimes Against Seniors Unit investigated a

total of 754 cases in from 2004 to 2008. Each year’s total number of

investigations ranged from a high of 214 in 2006 to a low of 105 in 2007.

Based on that workload, and an anticipated increase in the

elderly population that could see seniors reach 41 per cent of Hamilton’s

population – an increase of about 20 per cent, Hamilton Police say they will be

examining ways to meet future demand.

A breakdown of the cases investigated last year shows 84 of

120 matters involved financial abuse and 20 cases of physical abuse.

The CASU was formed in March 2004 and consists of just two

detectives working in the Victims of Crime Branch. It is apparently the first

full-time investigative unit of its kind in Ontario.

Hamilton Police first recognized the specialized policing

necessary to support seniors with the formation of the Seniors Support Officer

in January 1998. Eleven year later, there is one Senior Support Officer in each

of the service’s three patrol divisions.

A year end report on the two seniors-focused policing

programs stated an example of a Senior Support Officer case is evicting Crack

users who move into the home of a helpless elderly person and turn their home

into a Crack house.

The support officers deliver presentations to community

groups and police officers about seniors’ issues, and investigate some cases of

abuse and neglect. They work with community groups on issues of senior’s safety

and security.

Senior related crime rises

News Oct 22, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police will have to examine ways to deal with an

increase in crimes involving seniors as the population ages.

Among the trends already noticed by police is an increase in

inappropriate physical and sexual behaviour by residents, workers and visitors in

long term care homes. Financial abuse is the most common form of crime against

seniors and is expected to remain the main issue for police to deal with.

The six-year-old Crimes Against Seniors Unit investigated a

total of 754 cases in from 2004 to 2008. Each year’s total number of

investigations ranged from a high of 214 in 2006 to a low of 105 in 2007.

Based on that workload, and an anticipated increase in the

elderly population that could see seniors reach 41 per cent of Hamilton’s

population – an increase of about 20 per cent, Hamilton Police say they will be

examining ways to meet future demand.

A breakdown of the cases investigated last year shows 84 of

120 matters involved financial abuse and 20 cases of physical abuse.

The CASU was formed in March 2004 and consists of just two

detectives working in the Victims of Crime Branch. It is apparently the first

full-time investigative unit of its kind in Ontario.

Hamilton Police first recognized the specialized policing

necessary to support seniors with the formation of the Seniors Support Officer

in January 1998. Eleven year later, there is one Senior Support Officer in each

of the service’s three patrol divisions.

A year end report on the two seniors-focused policing

programs stated an example of a Senior Support Officer case is evicting Crack

users who move into the home of a helpless elderly person and turn their home

into a Crack house.

The support officers deliver presentations to community

groups and police officers about seniors’ issues, and investigate some cases of

abuse and neglect. They work with community groups on issues of senior’s safety

and security.