NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More than 140 law enforcement officers from various departments around the state are attending a two-day conference offering instruction on how to protect and assist senior citizens by learning to recognize the signs of psychological, physical and financial abuse.

The Elder Abuse & Exploitation Conference, sponsored by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is being held Thurs. and Fri. at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said law enforcement officers from each of the 28 police agencies in the county, including those from the Piscataway Police Department will be attending.

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More than 20 guest speakers will discuss a variety of topics that will help law enforcement recognize and assist senior citizens who are being financially or physically abused by their caretakers.

The keynote speaker will be Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood from the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. Greenwood heads that agency’s Elder Abuse Protection Unit.

“When it comes to elder abuse and financial exploitation, our goals are twofold,” said Carey.

“First, in order to prevent crime, we must give support and identify resources available to our seniors and those who care for them,” he said. “Second, where there is evidence of crime, we must aggressively investigate and prosecute those committing these illegal acts.” 

“The Prosecutor’s Office is pleased to sponsor this worthwhile conference which will go far in furtherance of these goals,” Carey added.

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