IMPACT Van Zandt hears from Scott on child abuse

Child abuse investigations were the main topic of discussion at the IMPACT Van Zandt meeting Nov. 16 at Four Square Church in Canton.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration at the University of Texas at Tyler Dr. David Scott was the guest speaker, discussing the components of child abuse investigations and the roles of law enforcement and Child Protective Services.

Scott spent 14 years with the Longview Police Department and worked as an academy instructor at East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore instructing investigations pertaining to child abuse, family violence and sexual assault.

He is a certified TCLEOSE Advanced Instructor and specializes in teaching and developing the Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigators Course and Advanced Child Abuse Investigations.

Dr. Scott also currently serves as policy coordinator for the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin.

Dr. Scott announced to those in attendance that on Dec. 13, 14 and 15, he will be at the Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood teaching a three-day school titled, “Sexual Assault and Family Violence Investigations.”

“This is typically open to law enforcement officials and advocates so all of you here at this meeting are welcome to attend,” said Scott. “It is free to attend.”

In his presentation Nov. 16, Dr. Scott discussed a number of aspects in child abuse investigations including the responsibilities of law enforcement.

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