An eight-part video series will help law enforcement better battle child abuse.
Attorney General Doug Peterson says the instructional videos will enhance the training of law enforcement, especially in rural Nebraska where training in such areas might be lacking.
“And one of the most critical things that that law enforcement officer may be called to do, regardless of whether it’s in O’Neill, Cambridge, whatever community, they may be called to respond to a child abuse, a child neglect, or a child sexual assault case,” Peterson tells reporters during a news conference in his office. “And those in law enforcement know that when you do this you have to do it right, you have to get it right the first time.”
The instructional program will be made available to Nebraska law enforcement in DVD and notebook form.
Peterson says when a 10-year-old boy comes forward to report his mother’s boyfriend abused his 6-year-old sister, the case must be handled carefully.
“Once that report is made, law enforcement has to do a thorough and complete job of investigating that crime, because that young man and that young girl are trusting on us to do that and to do it appropriately,” according to Peterson. “And that’s why these programs are so important.”
Peterson says the program teaches appropriate steps law enforcement needs to take.
“So that they go through this process and they do it correctly, so that they will be effective in number one, protecting the children; effective number two in being able to carry forward with a prosecution,” according to Peterson.
Peterson says the program will be especially helpful to small departments, which often don’t have the budgets to provide such training.
AUDIO: Attorney General Doug Peterson discusses the child abuse instructional video series. [4:30]